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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

After the loss of their son Martin (Jake Thomas), Henry Stinton (Sam Robards) tries to comfort his grief-stricken wife Monica (Frances O'Connor) by bringing home an organic-based robot (played by Haley Joel Osment) programmed to bond with a human mother. But the experiment goes unexpectedly wrong when an unforeseen medical breakthrough changes the relationship beginning to grow between the Monica and the mechanical child. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D+
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 142
Theater Release: 29 Jun 2001
Video Release: 05 Mar 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Even in this futuristic setting, humans readily discard objects. Does it make a difference when these “objects” are robots that are designed to “think” and even “feel” to a certain degree? What responsibility do the humans have to the objects they have created?

In the movie, most of the people portrayed are irresponsible, cruel or spiteful, while the mechas are depicted as relatively kind and considerate. Are those negative qualities what make humans real? If so, why would mechas want to become real?

While Professor Hobby used his creative hobby to help couples without children, did he consider the long-term ramifications of his invention? Would parents want to have a child that gave love but never grew up and became an independent adult? Did he consider the moral question posed to him during the opening scenes of the movie?

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