Short Circuit 2 (Review Recommended by Reader Tim K.)

Release Date: 7/6/1988 – Rated PG

Starring: Micheal McKean (Clue)

Plot Summary: Ally Sheedy and Steve Guttenberg wisely don’t return to this sequel from the 1986 original; which finds Johnny 5 sent to the big city to help Ben Jahrvi create a line of toys that look like miniature Johnny 5’s.  Upon Johnny’s arrival, Ben has teamed up with local street hustler and slime ball named Fred who now acts as his business partner, and who has helped Ben secure an order for 1,000 of the robot toys for a local store.  As the robot finished up his task, he realizes that he is in a big city, and goes in search of input.  After rolling around town and joining a Mexican gang, Johnny meets Oscar, who seems like a nice friendly guy.  The problem is that Oscar is attempting to tunnel from the basement of Ben’s factory into the bank vault across the street.  He eventually convinces Johnny 5 to do all the tunneling and he steals a diamond collection.  Realizing Oscar is not who he claims, he goes after him, but is damaged by Oscar’s thugs.  Johnny 5 must try to stop Oscar before his battery runs out and his memory is erased.

Alex’s Thoughts:  Remember that scene in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure where he is saving the animals from the pet shop that is on fire?  Every time he passes the snakes he glares disgusted at them, after finally picking them up and screaming all the way out the door.  That is how I felt about this movie as it sat in the mail pile for a few days, and I cringed every time I saw that red Netflix envelope and I thought about watching it… and once I finally put it in the DVD player I screamed for two hours straight.  I know this is a movie geared towards kids, and it has messages about appreciating yourself for who you are; but I still can’t stand it.  I didn’t like it when I was 12, and I certainly don’t like it anymore now.  I was never a huge fan of the original, and the sequel is so much worse in my opinion.  It is unreasonably long and drawn out at almost two hours; and just features Johnny 5 spouting off movie quotes most of the time.  I can appreciate the special effects with the robot, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good movie.

Tim’s Thoughts: WHYYYYYYY? I was a big Short Circuit fan, and as a kid I liked 2, but sadly I am not a kid (my hairline is testament to that) and these movies no longer entertain me as they once did. At an almost 2 hour running time this becomes a marathon of recycled one liners and goofy voices. There is only so much a Johnny Five can do, and I am pretty sure he did it all in the first one. At times this movie can be funny, and it still has a bit of charm, but mostly I just found myself watching the timer to see how much movie I had left to watch. Kiddies will like this still, but as an adult….no thanks.

Final Thoughts: If you watch the first one you’ve heard all the jokes. Suffers from typical 80’s sequel pitfalls, more of the same, except bigger, more, and more of the same.

Alex Rates This Movie 3/10

Tim Rates This Movie 5/10

 “Ihave an important question. Why do humans not like me, call me “craphead”?

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