This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him.Written by
Sir's actual name (revealed when he and Andrew go to NorthAm Robotics for the first time) is Richard Martin. Miss and Little Miss are named Amanda and Grace. When "Sir" and "Ma'am" are sitting on the bench in the yard, you can hear him say, "Rachel," and since the girls' names are revealed, this can be seen as "Ma'am's" name. See more »
'Sir' tells Andrew that he has stopped referring to himself as "One", however, during their first visit with Dennis Mansky at Northam Robotics, 'Sir' quotes Andrew as having said, "I enjoy doing this." See more »
World Congress Moderator:
Ladies and Gentlemen: Ms. Marjorie Bota, President of the World Congress.
President Marjorie Bota:
According to the records at the NorthAm Robotics Company, the robot also known as Andrew Martin, was powered up at 5:15 pm on April 3rd, 2005. In a few hours, he'll be 200 years old, which means that with the exception of Methuselah and other biblical figures, Andrew is the oldest living human in recorded history. For it is by this proclamation, I validate his marriage to Portia Charney, and acknowledge his humanity.
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I know it was much better than =I= was expecting. Yes, it's too long, yes, too much time is spent on the romance plot toward the end (and it's not very convincing), and yes, there are too many obvious, familiar robot jokes in the first two reels.
But guess what? Many of those jokes, thanks to razor-sharp timing, actually work. And the robot Adam Martin becomes so very appealing that you'll miss him when he eventually turns himself into Robin Williams.
The movie is very honest and open about its emotions (though the Horner score goes too far in trying to appeal to OUR emotions), and Williams is -- surprise surprise -- excellent as the robot. We believe in the character, we believe (mostly) in his world, and we believe in his journey toward humanity.
It's too bad that so many people already regard Andrew as a kind of variation on Star Trek's Data, because he's really a robot of another color altogether.
There are some missteps toward the end (where are all the other robots?), Galatea is an unnecessary character, and at times the characters seem to be existing in different movies. But it's surprisingly warm and amusing, it's authentically touching even when you think it can't possibly reach you, and St. Robin or no St. Robin, he's fine in the role.
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