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From the acclaimed director of MRS. DOUBTFIRE, Academy Award(R)-winner Robin Williams (1997, Best Actor, GOOD WILL HUNTING) stars in a delightfully heartwarming comedy about one extraordinary android who just wants to be an ordinary guy! It doesn't take long for the Martin family to realize Andrew (Williams), who was purchased as a mere "household appliance," is no run-of-the-mill robot! Funny, incredibly lifelike, and possessing an astounding level of creativity, this special machine soon takes on a life of his own -- and eventually begins a centuries-long quest to achieve true humanity! A crowd-pleasing comedy hit -- everyone is sure to love this touchingly entertaining movie treat!
Bicentennial Man was stung at the 1999 box office, due no doubt in part to poor timing during a backlash against Robin Williams and his treacly performances in two other, then-recent releases, Jakob the Liar and Patch Adams. But this near-approximation of a science fiction epic, based on works by Isaac Asimov and directed, with uncharacteristic seriousness of purpose, by Chris Columbus (Mrs. Doubtfire), is much better than one would have known from the knee-jerk negativity and box-office indifference.
Williams plays Andrew, a robot programmed for domestic chores and sold to an upper-middle-class family, the Martins, in the year 2005. The family patriarch (Sam Neill) recognizes and encourages Andrew's uncommon characteristics, particularly his artistic streak, sensitivity to beauty, humor, and independence of spirit. In so doing, he sets Williams's tin man on a two-century journey to become more human than most human beings.
As adapted by screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, the movie's scale is novelistic, though Columbus isn't the man to embrace with Spielbergian confidence its sweeping possibilities. Instead, the Home Alone director shakes off his familiar tendencies to pander and matures, finally, as a captivating storyteller. But what really makes this film matter is its undercurrent of deep yearning, the passion of Andrew as a convert to the human race and his willingness to sacrifice all to give and take love. Williams rises to an atypical challenge here as a futuristic Everyman, relying, perhaps for the first time, on his considerable iconic value to make the point that becoming human means becoming more like Robin Williams. Nothing wrong with that. --Tom Keogh
I remember when this movie was introduced the previews were about the funny moments during this film maybe since Robin Williams was generally perceived to be playing in comedies. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jenny & Mike
This is a wonderful movie, Robin Williams was an amazing actor/performer and as always delivers a stellar performance.Published 1 day ago by Jacqui
I love this movie. I have watched it over and over again. Isaac Asimov at his best. The android coming to grips with the best of humanity while facing the prejudice and fear of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Eric Beser
Fantastic movie! It is drastically different from the Asimov story that inspired it, but that is no foundation for the poor critiques that this film has suffered. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Christopher Joseph Brunt
This has been, and still is, one of my favorite movies. Watch it if you've never seen it and revisit if if you haven't in a while. Read morePublished 2 days ago by puppa
I am a little disappointed because contrary to the announcement there is no French subtitles, fortunately that there is a French version! Read morePublished 7 days ago by ALAIN VIGNERON