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Starring: Violet McGraw, Allison Williams, Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Lori Dungey, Stephane Garneau-Monten, Arlo Green, Michael Saccente
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Sci-fi horror directed by Gerard Johnstone and produced by Jason Blum and James Wan. M3GAN (2023) follows Gemma (Allison Williams), a brilliant roboticist at a toy company who uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. After unexpectedly gaining custody of her orphaned niece, Cady (Violet McGraw), under intense pressure at work, Gemma enlists the help of the M3GAN prototype, a decision that has unimaginable consequences.
Our Favorite Quotes:'If something's broke, you don't just throw it away. You fix it.' - Cady (M3GAN) Click To Tweet
Ryan: [referring to Petz] If she wasn’t on that, she’d be climbing all over the seats.
Nicole: So you would rather she sat there feeding a toy virtual food until it s**ts itself?
Nicole: Honestly, what is the purpose of a toy if you have to play with it on an iPad?
Ryan: This is what the future looks like, okay? You just have to get used to it.
Gemma: [as they’re testing Megan] Why is her face doing that? What is happening?
Cole: I don’t know, Gemma. It’s your code.
Gemma: Yeah, thanks. I know it’s my code, Cole. But she doesn’t look confused. She looks demented.
Gemma: I know she doesn’t look like much now, but I promise, if you just let us show you what M3gan is capable of, you will realize that this is what we’ve been working towards.
Gemma: Model 3 Generative Android. M3gan for short.
Gemma: M3gan, say hi to David.
M3gan: As in the boss David? Well, I guess I should call you Dad.
M3gan: [as she’s glitching] Allow me to tell you a little bit about my wormhole. I was born in a sandwich hat, and I wolf many cabbages.
David: [referring to Megan] I want you to take this cyborg puppet show and put it in a dark closet where it belongs.
Gemma: Oh, those aren’t toys, Cady. I mean, yeah. Technically, yeah. They’re toys. They’re just collectibles. So you don’t actually play with them. That probably sounds really weird.
Gemma: [to Cady] I know this must be a lot for you to take in right now. I just want you to know I’m going to do everything I can to make this place feel like home.
Gemma: [referring to becoming Cady’s legal guardian] I can’t believe this is happening. I’m not equipped to handle this. I don’t even take care of my own plants.
Gemma: That’s Bruce.
Cady: Is he a toy?
Gemma: Yeah, kind of. He’s a proxy robot. I built him when I was in college.
Cady: Why doesn’t he have a face?
Gemma: Yeah, I know what you mean. It’s a pretty obvious design flaw.
Cady: If I had a toy like Bruce, I don’t think I’d ever need another toy again.
Gemma: Cady, there’s someone I want you to meet. Do you remember how much you liked Bruce? I think you’re going to like M3gan even more.
Gemma: [to Cady, referring to Megan] You’re going to pair with her. That means she’ll recognize you as her primary user. She’s yours and yours alone. So just keep your fingers there, and say your name.
Cady: Hi, M3gan. I’m Cady.
M3gan: It’s nice to meet you, Cady.
'No matter how hard we try to avoid it, there will always be forces in this world that wish to cause us harm.' - M3gan Click To Tweet
David: [after seeing Megan interacting with Cady] Gem, get me a list of things I can say in a presentation that makes it sound like I know what I’m talking about. Holy s**t, this is exciting. I want you all to remember this moment. The moment we kicked Hasbro right in the d**k.
Gemma: Sculpted from a titanium core, M3gan’s designed to withstand whatever life can throw at her.
Gemma: Through our own unique approach to probabilistic inference, M3gan is on a constant quest for self-improvement. Whether it’s diagnosing children with specific learning differences, or merely reminding them of the way science is all around us.
M3gan: It’s insane, right?
Gemma: Studies indicate that it’s a staggering seventy-eight percent of a parent’s time is spent dishing out the same basic instructions. So we found someone else to pickup the slack.
Gemma: Megan’s an excellent listener. And she even has a few stories of her own. She’ll never run out of ways to keep your child occupied. And she’ll never run out of patience. With Megan around, she’ll take care of the little things, so you can spend more time doing the things that matter.
Gemma: M3gan. She’s more than just a toy. She’s part of the family.
Tess: I thought we were creating a tool to help support parents, not replace them. If you’re having M3gan tuck Cady in, and read her a bedtime story, then when are you ever spending time with her, or even talking with her?
Gemma: I don’t really think this is any of your business.
Tess: Well, it is. If you’re spending less time with your child as a result of M3gan, that is something we should be aware of.
Gemma: She’s not my child.
Gemma: [referring to Cady] By the way, I don’t think it’s having detrimental effects, because she’s the happiest she’s been since her parents died.
'That's what spontaneous response is. It's a curated word salad plucked from a sea of data to sound deliberate.' - Tess (M3GAN) Click To Tweet
M3gan: Death is the end of life. The total and permanent cessation of all vital functions.
Gemma: Yes, but let’s not make a big deal out of it. Everything dies.
M3gan: Will I die?
Gemma: Actually, let’s just avoid this topic altogether.
Gemma: [to M3gan] Your goal is to protect Cady from harm, both physical and emotional.
M3gan: What is it?
Cady: It’s just that every day I wake up in this strange house, and I remember that my parents are dead. It’s like it’s happening all over again. I miss them so much. I’m worried that I’ll forget all the things we did together. That one day I’ll be looking at pictures of my mom like she’s some stranger.
M3gan, Cady: One, two, three, four. I declare a thumb war.
Gemma: M3gan’s not a person, Cady. She’s a toy.
Cady: You don’t get to say that.
'I have a new primary user now. Me.' - M3gan Click To Tweet
M3gan: [referring to Cady] You made her cry.
Lydia: That was not my intention.
M3gan: And yet, that’s what happened.
Gemma: But M3gan’s actually been pretty instrumental in helping Cady get over the loss. It’s honestly like she’s part of the family now.
Lydia: [to Gemma] You’ve created a toy that’s so real, it’s possible that Cady might not see her as a toy but as a primary caregiver. I guess I just don’t quite see what the end goal is here. If you make a toy that’s impossible to let go of, then how do you ever expect a child to grow? As remarkable as she is, and she is remarkable, you could be building emotional connections with this doll that are too hard to untangle.