Mild and meek, Short Circuit 2 has an uncomplicated sweetness as a successful followup to the original robot kiddie comedy.

‘Johnny Five’ makes his way to the Big City, where protector Fisher Stevens struggles to make ends meet hawking toy models of his mechanical wonder on the street.

Cutie-pie store employee Cynthia Gibb needs to bring a novel item to her shelves, and sends Stevens and self-styled entrepreneur Michael McKean into instant action by ordering 1,000 of the little of the little buggers for the Christmas season. Underhanded banker Jack Weston has some other ideas for the tireless automaton, scheming to kidnap it and press it into service stealing some priceless jewels from a safe deposit box.

Although derivative, the robot, made up of all manner of spare electronic parts, remains charming, and kids will undoubtedly find delightful scenes in which Number Five jumps around from place to place and sails through the air amid the skyscrapers of Toronto.

The film is set in a generic US metropolis, complete with American flags and a citizenship swearing-in ceremony. However, the city is constantly recognizable as Toronto.

Short Circuit 2

  • Production: Turman-Foster/Tri-Star. Director Kenneth Johnson; Producer David Foster, Lawrence Turman, Gary Foster; Screenplay S.S. Wilson, Brent Maddock; Camera John McPherson; Editor Conrad Buff; Music Charles Fox; Art Director Bill Brodie
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 110 MIN.
  • With: Fisher Stevens Michael McKean Cynthia Gibb Jack Weston Tim Blaney Dee McCafferty
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