The more I ponder this film, the more I realize I have a love/hate relationship with it. It's a great theatrical
piece, but tainted in more ways than one. The morals are a bit messed up.
With a good plot, good acting job, and good characters, Bicentennial Man is entertaining to say the least.
But I once again must get atop my Hollywood soap box and complain about certain aspects about this movie.
1st off, the language. This is a PG-rated movie and in one scene, Rupert, the character who gives Andrew human
"upgrades," teaches Andrew to say the "s" word as opposed to other harmless words. The word is repeated several times
and then Andrew later uses it in the film. It's just stupid, because it encourages swearing. And of course kids
who see the movie will probably think it's funny and without knowing better, repeat the word.
God is pretty much left out of the equation in the movie, with the exception of the occasional appearances of a church (mainly for
weddings, so it's no big deal). But the mere fact that the robot wants to be human, and other humans try to help
him is like playing God, which one cannot do. It's a stupid scenario and it makes me mad how no one in the movie
questioned that. The nitty gritty is that he will forever remain a robot because he has no God-given soul. A point which
the movie overlooked and implied a couple times that Andrew indeed had a soul which is baloney to say the least.
Also, in Andrew's quest for "humandom" (I can make up my own words :) ), he gets male organs and it's implied in many
ways that he has premarital sex with a female human being (unfortunately, you have to specify gender these days).
For this to be PG, it's assumed that it is a movie you can take your kids to, but, unfortunately, Bicentennial Man
is not that kind of movie. From language to sex talk to implied sexual relations, this is a movie to leave the kids home
for. (Small minor note: there is a fat ugly spider in it for those of you spider-haters like me. It's not as bad
as a tarantula, but they do briefly show Andrew finding the ugly pest and take it outside to set it free on a flower bed.
If he was really smart, he should have killed it...)
The redeeming qualities of the film are the emphasis on family, the special effects (for the futuristic scenes that remind me
of Back to the Future II), and the characters. The film does have its funny moments. And for a Christian, it does make you
think, but the above faults still ring true. The 2.5 star rating is mainly given for the film's production, and it would have
warranted a higher rating if it weren't for the stupid wordly flaws. If you have any questions or comments about the film
before you see it, feel free to contact me.
- John DiBiase
Parental Guide: Brief Summary of Content
Sex/Nudity: Andrew tells a semi-crude joke to the family; Several instances of sex talk (birds and the bees type stuff);
and in once scene, Andrew describes the wonder of sex to Rupert. In one scene, we see Andrew in bed with Portia,
after sex (but no nudity is shown). There's implications of premarital sex years later but nothing is seen.
Vulgarity/Language: 7 "s" words, 3 "a" words, 2 "g*dd*mn," 2 d*mns, 1 h*ll, 4 "G-d," 1 "J-sus"
Alcohol/Drugs: Several characters drink wine and beer throughout the film.
Blood/Gore: Andrew mistakenly severs his mechanical thumb off,
but there are no bloody or gory results (and he doesn't feel it). Also, we see several shots of Andrew's decapitated head before being
placed on his new body (not bad). We also see Andrew during surgery with mechanical-like organs,
and we also see these organs outside the body, too.
Violence: Andrew jumps out a window and is damaged;
Andrew goes after another robot with drill (off screen)
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