Monday, September 26, 2011

The Electric Grandmother (1982)

This is an okay movie. A young family is trying to cope with the death of their mother. Aunt Clara arrives to provide support, but she doesn’t seem to make much of a difference. One day a helicopter drops a personalized message telling the family to visit a local warehouse. Upon arrival they meet a scientist who says he can create a robotic grandmother (Maureen Stapleton) to care for them. After being delivered in a sarcophagus she immediately becomes attached to the family and helps them to enjoy their time together. The only conflict arises when the young Agatha (Tara Kennedy) refuses to accept someone else as a mother.

The film is based on the short story "I Sing the Body Electric!" written by Ray Bradbury. The story was also adapted as the 100th episode of The Twilight Zone airing in 1962.

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