A.I. Artificial Intelligence

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2

The gospel according to A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) foretells that within the next century, humans will be outnumbered by highly sophisticated robots in a Godless world. As land shrinks through erosion and other natural disasters, population control will become mandatory. Couples desiring children can acquire intelligent, attractive, even loving, custom-made robots that don't eat, sleep or cause trouble. Grieving parents Monica and Henry Swinton (Frances O'Connor and Sam Robards), have frozen the body of their dead son, Martin (Jake Thomas), hoping he can be resurrected in the future. Professor Hobby (William Hurt), an inventor, selects the couple to receive his first "perfect" robotic child, David (Haley Joel Osment). Monica and David soon become inseparable. Then the cryogenics laboratory reports that Martin has been resurrected and can resume a normal life. Jealous Martin forces his parents to get rid of David in a heart-wrenching scene. An imaginative sci-fi spectacle, A.I. is the last project of the late film icon Stanley Kubrick, brought to completion by Steven Spielberg. Curiosity will draw big audiences.

Scientific experiments turn into a universal disaster, as greedy businessmen see David as the first of many mass-produced, life-like robots to substitute for bothersome children. However, the story propagates the most disturbing idea in science fiction, that human emotions and even the soul are nothing more than electronic pulses on a microchip that can make robotic David "loving." This tries to negate the true source of all love & God. The last half of A.I. is devoted to David's search for Pinocchio's Blue Fairy who can turn him into a real boy like Martin, deserving of a human mother's love. Gigolo Joe (Jude Law), a handsome robotic male prostitute, befriends David and introduces him to the more sordid side of robots. Joe calls on a customer and assures her he is much better (at sexual pleasure) than human men. As the world becomes overrun with robots, humans feel threatened as a minority. They hunt robots down and dismember them in gladiator style "flesh fairs." As Joe explains to David, "They made us too smart, too quick, and too many." Hopefully, viewers will see that, without God's Love, we may be nothing more than robots. Gigolo Joe's sexual escapade and suggestive remarks, plus two strong profanities seem thrown in to spice up the story for adults. A.I.'s failure to acknowledge the Creator and man's uniqueness is disturbingly misleading.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Dreamworks SKG, 100 Universal Plaza, Bldg. 477, Universal City, CA 91608 and Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: Once Mild

Obscene Language: Twice (slang for urination)

Profanity: Twice Regular (GD)

Violence: Few times Moderate (robots captured and dismembered as entertainment; boy robot jumps off skyscraper into river; boy nearly drowns; corpse shown)

Sex: Implied once (male robot prostitute with woman)

Nudity: Near Nudity - Few times (womans figure emphasized in low-cut dresses, tight-fitting clothes)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Older robot explains human sex to boy robot

Drugs: None

Other: Mechanical figures have ability to love; futuristic world implied to be Godless; boy robot prays to Blue Fairy; human boy's body frozen, then resurrected several years later

Running Time: 146 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and adults

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