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Sex & Nudity

  • Stephanie is seen in the tub. There is no nudity, but Number 5 comments about her "nice software."
  • Number 5 shoots the belt buckle off of Stephanie's ex-boyfriend and his jeans drop exposing his boxers.
  • Ben, a stereotypical 'foreign' character with a loose grasp on English words, phrases and social protocols, mentions that he is sporting a "tremendous woody" during a scene where Newton is describing a meeting with Stephanie.
  • Number 5 insults a robot by saying "You're momma was a snowblower".

Violence & Gore

  • soldiers are killed by robots
  • There are a number of laser beams fired from the robots which destroy vehicles.
  • In the opening scene, the viewer is lead to believe the robots are destroying vehicles with actual people in them. We soon find out they were only mannequins and the whole thing was only a demonstration.
  • Stephanie's ex-boyfriend throws her to the ground during an argument.
  • We also see slapstick hitting from the Three Stooges on TV.


  • Contains frequent uses of swearwords such as 'shit', 'bastard', 'son of a bitch', 'hell', 'God damn it', 'damn', are called out a few times.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • We see the robots mixing a gin and tonic in the first few minutes of the movie.
  • After the demonstration we see drinks being handed out and the robots telling the guests what they are serving, such as Long Island Ice Tea.
  • Later in the film, there is a scene in a bar but no alcohol consumption is shown.
  • When the pickup truck with the tracker in the back stops, the passenger says "I hope you took the grass out of the glove compartment."

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Number 5 is presumably blown up. But it turns out this is another non-sentient robot and the film has a happy ending.

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