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With: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric André, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi, Blake Griffin, Conan O'Brien, Doug the Pug (voices)
Written by: Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe, Peter Szilagyi, Alex Hirsch
Directed by: Mike Rianda, Jeff Rowe
MPAA Rating: PG for action and some language
Running Time: 114
Date: 04/23/2021

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Human Touch

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

An animated feature from Sony Pictures Animation and available on Netflix, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a zany, lunatic scramble, but it's also endlessly creative, lots of fun, and kinda lovable. The eldest daughter of a Simpsons-like family of misfits, Katie Mitchell (voiced by Abbi Jacobson) is getting ready to go across the country to film school and leave her annoying family behind. (She uses the vacant-eyed family dog for a series of creative videos called Dog Cop.) On the day of her flight, her well-meaning, doofus dad Rick (Danny McBride) decides to take a family road trip and drive there instead. Unfortunately, the machine apocalypse has just begun, and flying robots (commanded by a renegade Siri-like operating system voiced by Olivia Colman), are imprisoning all humans. Through sheer luck, and maybe some stupidity, the Mitchells survive, and it's up to them to save the world. Maya Rudolph voices mom Linda Mitchell, and Mike Rianda voices the young dinosaur-loving son Aaron.

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