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Short Circuit

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 98
Theater Release: 08 May 1986
Video Release: 22 Mar 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
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Short Circuit is rated PG:

Director: John Badham
Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Detailed Review

Ever since the release of the Toy Story movies, I've suffered a gnawing guilt over those childhood toys left behind or lost. After watching Short Circuit I'm afraid I'll… 
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Why Is Short Circuit Rated PG?

Overall: B-
While this film is sometimes funny and Number Five has a definite charm,… 
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Talk It Over

Number Five says that “Life is not a malfunction.” What does that mean to… 
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