Short Circuit

1986

Action / Comedy / Family / Sci-Fi

114
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.6 10 49740

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Cast

Fisher Stevens as Ben Jabituya
Ally Sheedy as Stephanie Speck
Steve Guttenberg as Newton Crosby
Austin Pendleton as Howard Marner
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651.12 MB
1280*720
English
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23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 1 / 13
1.30 GB
1920*1080
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 38 min
P/S 6 / 36

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by the amorphousmachine 7 / 10

Fun 80s movie for the family, even if the technology seems a little dated!

Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy star in this often forgotten but somewhat iconic comedy-adventure with a robot in 'Short Circuit'. This 80s flick, directed by John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, Stakeout, Nick of Time) is funny, with a dash of heroics and that usual 80s trend of discovering new wondrous things- this times through the eyes of Johnny Five, who quickly realises that "disassemble" means death, kaput etc, and he simply wants to be alive. Fisher Stevens adds to the comedy as Guttenberg's co-worker, and G.W. Bailey (Guttenberg's rival from Police Academy) plays another bumbling incompetent glorified security guard for laughs too. Slightly dated, but still fun watching Johnny Five needing input, but with the advent of the internet, the technology does seem less futuristic in this film. Badham even recreates a scene from 'Saturday Night Fever' for laughs, and endears the audience to this robotic hero.

I remember enjoying this film as a kid, and still enjoyed watching it again. Certainly a film in the same vein of 'Innerspace', 'Explorers', 'Flight of the Navigator' etc. If you haven't seen this film, it's still possible you may enjoy it, and I think it's still a decent family movie.

***½

Reviewed by alfCycle 6 / 10

Pretty fun, typical 80's movie

This is a fun, typical 80's movie. The robot is cute and entertaining. I can't help but be reminded of E.T. This movie is silly and obviously not meant to be taken seriously. I definitely laughed out loud at parts. It's very predictable, but I still enjoyed it for what it is. The main negative was the offensive Indian stereotype character. I think they went a little too far with that portrayal, especially since it's played by a white guy. Jeez! Anyway, if you're a fan of fun, goofy 80's movies you'll probably enjoy this one.

6/10

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Recommended for those that enjoy robo-whimsy, robo-ET, robo-stooges, robo-disco, robo-cooking, robo-impersonations, robo-joyrides, brown face, offensive stereotypes, unnecessary pigheaded male antagonists, evil corporations, uncompromising military officials, guttenbergs...

Reviewed by Eric Stevenson 6 / 10

It's completely harmless

This movie tells the story of a robot known as Johnny 5 who gains emotions upon being hit by lightning. Actually, they don't say his name until the very end. The visuals are rather nice. It is kind of awkward to watch this because it's hard to tell which parts are supposed to be funny. A lot of it is really goofy and it's difficult to even determine which parts of the movie are supposed to be serious. We do get some pretty talented actors here. I will say that I'm annoyed by this one Indian guy. From what I heard, that's not a real Indian playing him so it does come off as pretty offensive.

I can understand why a lot of people like this film. For me, it's just meh. The special effects hold up fairly well. It's pretty easy to think that this character's design inspired the title character from "Wall-E". Yeah, that's a much better movie. Most of the story doesn't make much sense and it does get kind of repetitive. It doesn't really have anything that unique and that is something that I look for in the sheer number of movies I've seen. It's pretty fine for what it is. **1/2

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