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Teenage tech whizzes unwittingly use military software to program a robotic boyfriend.

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Paul Hoen

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Jason Mayland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
China Anne McClain ... Gabby Harrison
Kelli Berglund ... Mae Hartley
Marshall Williams ... Albert Banks
Matt Shively ... Bart Hartley
Ashley Argota ... Nevaeh Barnes
Noah Centineo ... Jaden Stark
Roger Bart ... Dr. James Hartley
Ron Lea ... General McFee
Ieva Lucs Ieva Lucs ... Major Jenks
Paulino Nunes ... Zephyr
Matthew G. Taylor ... Weevil (as Matt Taylor)
Alex Karzis ... Pox
Christina Fox Christina Fox ... Ella
Sasha Clements ... Marnie
Jesse Camacho ... Tony
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Storyline

Follows high school sophomores Mae Hartley and Gabby Harrison, two tech-savvy best friends who devise a plan to create the perfect boyfriend with just a few strokes of the keyboard and a wireless connection. What Gabby and Mae don't realize is that the computer they use is set up to generate a robotic super soldier, which they have inadvertently activated in the form of Albert, a macho yet sensitive super cute boy. Written by Disney Channel

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Never underestimate two girls with a plan.

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Albert aus Versehen See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Schorr Pictures See more »
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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Ashley Argota later appeared as a Bionic Solider on Lab Rats (2012) on Disney XD, which stars Kelli Berglund (again as a Rival to Berglund), though she'd later redeem herself and be given a proper name. See more »

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Events are supposed to be taking place in the United States, yet they are playing football on a Canadian-styled field. See more »

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Gabby Harrison: I don't believe in school-sponsored romantic events. It's a front for the corsage industry. I read about it online.
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"Super cute candy sugar in my eye holes... Sir!"
4 March 2018 | by Khun Kru MarkSee all my reviews

So what's an old man doing, reviewing a so-called 'DCOM'? Well, I'm an English language teacher in Asia, so I skim all these movies to see if there are any that are good enough for me to use in a classroom... that won't make me throw up!

Finally, Disney TV made a movie for teachers like me!

(I'll edit this down to an hour, add hardcoded subtitles and rename it 'My Robot Boyfriend!' and my young students will be gurgling all over this!)

So, here I am reviewing a Disney TV movie!

This movie is great fun. It's silly, of course and the idea of it is preposterous, but it's great fun for the audience it's aimed at. No hidden morality propoganda - other than it's good to have a best friend who's got your back!

It gets the 8 stars, NOT for being an 8-star movie out of all the movies ever made, but for being an 8-star movie in its class.

Kelli and all the young players are great and did their jobs well, but the real star of the show (for me) was Ieva Lucs who plays the seemingly uptight- but inwardly emotional, Major Jenks.

She delivers the best line of the movie. When asked to read off a witness statement about the handsome missing robot she says...

"Yes... she said he was 'super cute candy sugar in my eye holes and the honorary mayor of Hunky Town,' Sir!"

Brilliant!

I would love to have seen the honorary mayor of Hunky Town have more fun with his super powers, but that's the little boy in me and this one is for the little girls!

Anyway, my point is that even grown ups won't have to have a bucket on stand-by when they sit down to watch this. It's fast moving, great fun and a super little modern fairytale.


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