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Short Circuit


May 08, 1986

Latest Home Video

Mar 22, 2004

MPAA Rating



John Badham


Steve Guttenberg
Ally Sheedy


20th Century Fox

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When a summer storm accidentally jolts an experimental fighting machine to life, the military launches a full-scale search for the little robot known as prototype Number Five.

Content Details

Why Is Short Circuit Rated PG?

Short Circuit is rated PG

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Here is additional information on sex, violence and profanity in Short Circuit...

Overall: B-
While this film is sometimes funny and Number Five has a definite charm, the sexual references and gun wielding chase sequences may be disturbing for young viewers.

Violence: C+
Name calling, punching, tackling, and swinging of bat between a man and woman. Man and military personnel carry guns. Guns fired, including during military action, chase scenes, and missile explosion.

Sexual Content: B-
Sexual innuendo and rude banter. Woman in tub, no nudity or cleavage shown.

Language: B-
Mild and Moderate profanities including terms of Deity.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B-
Robots shown mixing alcoholic drinks for press release, one reference to concealing “grass.” Social drinking in bar setting.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

PG Coarse Language.
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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Details on home video releases of Short Circuit...

Short Circuit releases on Blu-Ray in a combo pack (Short Circuit 1 and 2) on February 14, 2012.

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