*Batteries Not Included (1987) – Movie Review

Now there are a ton of great movies that have come out in the modern era, including all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the other Super Hero based movies! There have even been some solid upswing in both horror and science fiction over the last few years.

But nothing like there was in the past! As a matter of fact I would say that the last golden age of horror and science fiction (The 1980s) really was one of the last decades to give us some amazing movies, such as: A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982), The Prowler (1981) and so much more!

One of these classics that I would like to review here is from a sort of sub-genre that held brief fame in the science fiction world.  These were some classic science fiction movies that stared a largely older class of actors and actresses… One of the more classic of these types of movies of course being, Cocoon (1985) and Cocoon 2: The Return (1987).

In this case the one that I thought might be kind of fun to review is the movie: *Batteries Not Included (1987)!

Written by: Brad Bird (Tomorrowland), S.S. Wilson (Tremors), Brent Maddock (Short Circuit), Matthew Robbins (Mimic) & Directed by: Matthew Robbins, from a story by: Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers). Starring: Hume Cronyn (Cocoon), Jessica Tandy (The Moon And Sixpence), Frank McRae (The Last Action Hero), Elizabeth Peña (Jacob’s Ladder), Michael Carmine (Leviathan), Dennis Boutsikaris (They Crawl), John DiSanti (The Star Chamber) & John Pankow (To Live And Die In L.A.).

“The quickest way to end a miracle is to ask it why it is… or what it wants.” – Frank Riley (A quote by: Hume Cronyn in the movie *Batteries Not Included (1987).)

This is the endearing story of a group of people living in one of the last brownstones in their area of the city, and the tenants efforts to stay in their homes (despite the fact that it is in the process of being developed,) and the Aliens have come to help them!

What I mean by this, is that at this time, a development company wants to tear down the area and develop it in to luxury highrise buildings, and have gotten almost everyone out but the residents of one final brownstone!

Now these residents are to the point of desperation, due to the fact that the developers have hired thugs to force them out!

And in their last and in their darkest hour, a group of aliens, living robots come to their aid in an effort to find a place to start their family!

In the end though, both the aliens and the humans are going to come together to not only try to stop the greedy land developer, but maybe also forge the first intergalactic friendship!

Honestly, this is not an, ‘edge of your seat’ type of sci-fi movies… It is one of those movies though, that will ultimarely leave you feeling good, and happy you watched it!

Check it out, if you are a fan of these types of movies, you are sure to like this one!  I know I did!