Short Circuit (1986)

“Hey, laser lips, your mama was a snow blower.” – Number 5

Number of Times Seen – at least 10 times (Theater in ’86, cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 3 Jun 2008 and 20 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After a mishap, a military robot becomes sentient and a programmer and an animal activist try to save him from being destroyed by the government.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing when it came out in the theater and really enjoying as a 12 year old.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t age very well and seems much sillier when reteaching it now.

The idea and premise is quite good but the way that technology has advanced over the past 30+ years takes away from any real impact that this film could have.

The special effects are adequate for 80’s standards but seem too old and archaic compared to what is used today which also takes away from the film.

Alley Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg are both fun actors but they both lack chemistry together here which is sorely needed to make this film even better and more enjoyable to watch.

The music is great here and I especially love the them song Who’s Johnny.

Listen to it here:

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that worked much better when it came out than it does now largely due to the advances in technology over the years. Guttenberg and Sheedy have no chemistry together which hurts the story. Great music (especially the theme song Who’s Johnny).  The special effects look quite archaic but were adequate for mid 80’s standards.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many of the little tricks done by Johnny 5 on-screen (like flipping through book pages in a blink of the eye and tossing a washer into the air in a mimic of a scene from an old gangster movie he saw) were done using relatively simple, yet ingenious sleight-of-hand prop effects. For instance, the pages were flipped using an air hose, while the washer was flipped using a piece of string at both ends sideways. Not only did this save money for the producers for the actual robot and the screenplay, but they proved to be remarkably effective in getting just the right look needed for the scenes. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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