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An android named Andrew—a freaky combination of computer-generated imagery, puppeteering, and Robin Williams—is mildly fascinating as it expresses a developing sense of identity and an increasingly urgent desire to somehow become human. But Andrew's biggest motive is to get laid, which this movie has difficulty reconciling with its attempt to be a serious meditation on the nature of humanity. Sexuality is both more and less than a metaphor here, and the childish humor and sensationalistic effects undercut the movie's philosophical agenda. Like a lot of failed science fiction, it's based on ideas that are far more interesting than their execution. Chris Columbus directed a screenplay by Nicholas Kazan based on a story by Isaac Asimov and a novel by Asimov and Robert Silverberg; with Embeth Davidtz and Sam Neill. 130 min.

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