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Robots

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Source: Catholic News Service

Technically dazzling but disappointingly formulaic animated feature about would-be inventor robot Rodney's (Ewan McGregor) coming of age, as he leaves his parents to make his mark in far-off Robot City and joins forces with master inventor Bigweld (Mel Brooks) and some misfit robot friends to help defeat the evil Madame Gasket (Jim Broadbent) and her power-hungry son, Ratchet (Greg Kinnear), who are consigning "outmoded" robots to the scrap heap rather than equipping them with new parts. Chris Wedge's overly busy follow-up to "Ice Age" is further undermined by a merely serviceable script that substitutes some needlessly vulgar humor and a pat follow-your-dream sentiment for true wit and originality. Despite the all-star voice cast, including Halle Berry, Drew Carey and Amanda Bynes, the "bots" fail to have really distinct personalities -- their mechanized body parts allowing only limited expression -- and even Robin Williams seems subpar in this setting. Some questionable humor and innuendo and crass expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-I -- general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.

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