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"REAL STEEL"
(2011) (Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo) (PG-13)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons None
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Moderate
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Minor
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Heavy


QUICK TAKE:
Action/Drama: A former boxer and the young son he never wanted make an unlikely team in trying to bring a resurrected sparring robot into the highly competitive world of professional robot boxing.
PLOT:
It's the year 2020 and Charlie Kenton (HUGH JACKMAN) is a former boxer who was put out of work when huge, remote controlled robots were introduced to replace humans and provide audiences with an even more violent version of the sport. Now, he tries to make a living pitting old robots against the likes of bulls as publicity stunts to make money.

But he's had no luck with that, resulting in gambling debts owed to the likes of bookie Ricky (KEVIN DURAND) who wants his cash. He also owes money to his former girlfriend, Bailey Tallet (EVANGELINE LILLY), who runs the gym where Charlie once trained under her father.

To make matters worse, Charlie now learns that his 11-year-old son, Max (DAKOTA GOYO), is back in his life. Charlie wanted no part of fatherhood and thus signed away his custody rights to the boy's mother, but as she's now passed away, Max is back. Fortunately for the boy, his Aunt Debra (HOPE DAVIS) wants custody, something Charlie is all too eager to sign over, especially when he realizes that Debra's husband, Marvin (JAMES REBHORN), is loaded and will essentially "buy" the boy for his wife.

As they're going away for the summer, however, the deal is that Charlie will watch over the boy for the next few months, when he really wants to pass off that responsibility to Bailey. But Max is intrigued by the world of robot boxing, and thus tags along, seeing his dad make bets with other fight bookies such as Finn (ANTHONY MACKIE).

When his latest 'bot loses badly, Charlie thinks he's done. But things look up when Max accidentally unearths an old sparring robot that he decides to fix up as his own. It turns out Atom can take quite a beating and, as controlled by Max or Charlie, can deliver the same, all of which results in a winning streak. As they head toward a potential showdown with the robot boxing champion, Zeus -- created by Tak Mashido (KARL YUNE) and promoted by Farra Lemkova (OLGA FONDA) -- the father and son find their relationship changing into something unexpected.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
It's a good bet many will, especially if they grew up on "The Iron Giant" (another movie about a boy and his robot), liked the "Transformer" films, and/or are fans of someone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some violence, intense action and brief language.


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