Directed by Steven Spielberg
We now have a new contestant for Most Annoying Movie Child. I thought the kid from Terminator 2 would manage to hold onto that title forever, but I guess he was dethroned all the way back in 2001 and I didn't notice. That's not to say Haley Joel Osmont isn't a great actor, but I personally would not have struggled with the decision to send David to the junkyard.
A childlike android is programmed with the ability to love, and I guess an Oedipus complex isn't an optional feature. The android, David, is adopted by Monica and Henry. Their real son is in suspended in animation after contracting a rare disease and David fills what turns out to be a temporary void. Once Monica and Henry's son recovers, David finds himself on the outs with the family. Oh yes, and Jude Law plays a sex robot, in his most convincing role yet.
Spielberg's cloying sentimentalism gets on my nerves, but I read the sappier aspects were actually part of Kubrick's original vision for the project. Oh, Kubrick, you old softie. Either way, I felt this movie tried to tug on our heartstrings a little too much.
Also, it was way too long, and I feel Kubrick should take the blame for that as well.
Spielberg passed on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to direct this movie.
It was Haley Joel Osmont's idea not to blink for the entire movie.