D.A.R.Y.L.

"Very Good"

D.A.R.Y.L. Review


Do guilty pleasures get any more guilty or any more pleasurable than 1985's D.A.R.Y.L., the famed robo-kid flick?

I think not.

D.A.R.Y.L. is technological nonsense, but it's a hell of a lot of fun on its road to feelin' good. Barret Oliver (long since vanished from the cinema scene) plays a young boy dropped off in the woods under mysterious circumstances. He's partially amnesiac, and after being discovered and taking up residence with a foster family, he soon reveals he's got amazing physical and (especially) mental powers. Fast forward to his inevitable pick-up by a clinically cold couple, who reveal the truth: Daryl isn't Daryl, he's D.A.R.Y.L., Data Analyzing Robot Youth Lifeform. (This isn't a spoiler. It says so on the front of the DVD.) Army isn't happy that a robot kid has developed emotions, scientists can't cope with terminating a living being... escape and chase ensues.

Whew! The technology of D.A.R.Y.L. is absurd yet strangely compelling. But it's Daryl's interpersonal relationships that make it such a cotton candy winner. Daryl's little friend Turtle (Danny Corkill, who would later become infamous as the title character of Problem Child) gets the pair into trouble, teaches him a bit about the birds and the bees, and brings out his humanity. Daryl's relationship with his foster parents (especially Michael McKean in a very rare "straight" role) adds the necessary family element. Hell, I wished McKean was my dad after watching this movie.

Director Simon Wincer (Free Willy) does nice work blending technology, action, and family-friendly feel-goodness. Too bad the DVD is missing any kind of extras at all. Namely, I just want to know where I can adopt my own robot kid that will wash his own dishes.



D.A.R.Y.L.

Facts and Figures

Run time: 99 mins

In Theaters: Friday 14th June 1985

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Production compaines: Paramount Pictures, World Film Services

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 53%
Fresh: 8 Rotten: 7

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Joyce Richardson, as Andy Richardson, as Daryl, as Sherie Lee Fox, as Turtle, as Elaine Fox, as Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, as Dr. Ellen Lamb

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.