M3GAN is a 2022 American science fiction horror film directed by Gerard Johnstone, written by Akela Cooper from a story by Cooper and James Wan (who also produced with Jason Blum), and starring Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, with Amie Donald physically portraying M3GAN and Jenna Davis voicing the character. Its plot follows the eponymous artificially intelligent doll who develops self-awareness and becomes hostile towards anyone who comes between her and her human companion.
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[Singer] ♪ I had a dog she was my only friend ♪
♪ but she got old and died now I’m alone again ♪
Hey, sweetie. I got something that’s gonna make you feel better.
♪ Purrpetual petz are a dream come true ♪
♪ because now you have a friend that lives longer than you do ♪
Purrpetual petz are just like real pets, except that when you talk to them, they actually talk back!
There’s over six different petz to collect, each equipped with their own personalities and entirely spontaneous reactions!
Careful. That’s my butt.
They speak eight different languages.
[Narrator] They can take pictures.
Come on, sweetheart. Find the lens.
[Narrator] And with the customized app, you can even feed your friend.
But not too much!
Uh-oh. Cleanup on aisle seven.
The app is updated with new content daily, so you can do almost anything together.
You can watch YouTube videos, learn fun facts, play multiplatform games, buy accessories for your pet.
With so many options, what will you and your pet do next?
Mmm, jelly berries makes me feel good.
Cady, look. We’re almost at the top of the mountain.
Can you see the hotel?
Ooh, well, that’s interesting. Do you know what else is interesting?
I thought we were gonna limit screen time to 30 minutes a day.
What are you telling me for? I didn’t give it to her.
I’m just saying, I think… Cady, can you turn it down, please?
I need to go to the bathroom. Are we there yet?
If we make rules, we need to stick to them.
If she wasn’t on that, she’d be climbing all over.
[Mother] So you would rather she sat there feeding a toy virtual food until it shits itself?
Cady, turn it down.
I already did turn it down.
[Mother] What was Gemma thinking?
[Father] “It’s my niece’s birthday. I’m gonna get her a present.”
[Scoffs] She works for the company that makes them.
She probably didn’t even have to pay for shipping.
Honestly, what is the purpose of a toy if you have to play with it on an iPad?
This is what the future looks like, okay?
You just have to get used to it.
[Mother gasps] Oh, my god!
And away we go!
We’re all right.
We should’ve put chains on the car.
Neither of us knew that was a thing until, like, ten minutes ago, okay?
Don’t act like it’s my fault.
Oh, my god! Ryan! Seriously!
[Ryan] What do you want me to do? Mom, I dropped Leroy.
[Mother] Why did you tell that guy at the gate this was a four-wheel drive?
Help me, Cady.
[Ryan] It looks like a four-wheel drive.
Cady, what are you doing?
Cady, Cady. Jesus Christ!
Cady, put your seat belt on!
I can’t see anything.
So stop moving forward.
[Car stops][Both sigh]
We can’t just sit in the middle of the road.
Look, we’ll wait for this to clear, and then find some place where we can pull over and just wait for one of those snow trucks to clear the road.
Yeah, how long is that gonna take?
[Announcer] Funki, a toy company for the future.
Remember, the key to fun is funki.
[Toy roars][Camera shutter clicking]
[Toy cars whirring]
Why are we doing this?
Because we have to.
If we could at least show him what we have, he would… no. Mm-mmm.
You said so yourself. Not until she’s ready.
Is that what I think it is?
[Engineer] Transparency looks good.
Yeah, well, for what we paid for it, it better.
[Engineer 2] Okay, here we go.
[Engineer 2] Sad.
[Engineer 3] Wait, wait. Stop.
Why is her face doing that?
What is happening?
I… I Don’t know, Gemma. It’s your code.
Yeah, thanks. I know it’s my code, Cole, but she doesn’t look confused. She looks demented.
You want me to take the skin back off?
Well, she’s not responding. So…
Okay, here we go.
Oh, shit. It’s stuck.[Gemma] just be care…
Hey, Don’t tear it.
I know. I’m not gonna tear… ow.
[Knocking on door]
Oh, no, no, no. Shit.
Okay, so what do we do?
[Gemma] I guess we gotta open the door.
What in the name of ever-loving Christ is this?
David, if you just give me a minute to explain…
Is this why you moved your lab, Gemma? So you can keep secrets from me?
No, no, no. We talked about this, David.
We talked about you putting it on ice until you had a new petz model.
How much did you spend on this?
Are you even aware of the shit Tsunami that just swept in over this furzeez spot?
I’m sorry, what?
♪ Furzeez, furzeez ♪
♪ cute and snuggly furry fun ♪
♪ you know furzeez rule they’re number one ♪
♪ you got a hungry furzee just feed them food ♪
♪ you know their butts change color to show their mood ♪
♪ furzeez, furzeez you’ll love that furzee… ♪
Are we supposed to be worried about that? It’s a rip-off.
You’re right, Gemma. It is a rip-off.
They do the exact same thing we do.
And you know what else? They do it for half the price.
I told you we needed to go simpler.
Didn’t I tell her?
Six months ago, I begged you… I begged you to please give me an option I can put on a shelf for 50 bucks.
And we are working on it. I promise.
But, David, the only way to stay ahead of the competition is to come up with toys that are too advanced to replicate.
I know the tech on petz seems more complex than it needs to be, but that’s only because I was using it as a launchpad for something bigger.
In each pet, we installed a listening model that targets conversational patterns among kids.
You did not just tell me that.
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.
“Model 3 generative Android.”
“M3gan” for short.
Tess, load up the intro simulation.
M3gan, say hi to David.
As in the boss David?
Well, I guess I should call you dad.
Allow me to tell you a little bit about my wormhole.
I was born in a sandwich hat, and I wolf many cabbages.
This isn’t supposed to happen, obviously.
Just give me one moment.
Sorry about the noise.
One second, Cole.
It’s probably just a race condition. It’ll take me a minute to fix.
Gem, it’s not a race condition.
I might have forgotten to put in the polypropylene barrier.
[M3gan distorting][Gemma] oh, no.
Tess, turn it off!
[Tess] I can’t.[M3gan’s voice distorting]
I want the petz prototype on my desk by Friday.
And I want you to take this cyborg puppet show and put it in a dark closet where it belongs.
And I want a swipe card for this door!
For what it’s worth, I thought she looked really cool.
[Nurse] Sweetie, it’s gonna be okay. We’re gonna take care of you.
Just need to check your blood pressure. It’ll be all right.
[Announcer on pa] Radiology, pick up line four.
[Child services] So, this is to Grant you temporary protective custody.
Just sign your name and date it at the bottom.
Now, I Don’t know if your sister had a family lawyer already, but if not, it would be something to consider moving forward.
Hey! Hey! Hey! Celia!
Could you please keep your dog on your side of the fence?
I just spent 80 bucks on a shock collar.
Maybe try cranking it up a notch.
Oh, who’s this little lady?
[Gemma sighs] That is my niece, Cady.
[Celia] Is she staying for the weekend?
You know what? It’s been a really long drive, and, um, I would just really appreciate it if you did not have your dog running onto my yard all the time.
And also, Don’t spray your chemicals onto my driveway, please.
Ah, shit. I’m sorry. You wanna borrow this once I’m done?
No, I Don’t wanna borrow it. I Don’t wanna spend my afternoon getting your sediment off of my driveway.
Just hang a tarp or something.
Welcome home, Gemma.
You have six unanswered voice messages and five tinder notifications.
Elsie, turn off.
Sorry about that.
Okay. I’m gonna put these bags away.
And, um, just make yourself at home. Okay?
Oh, those aren’t toys, Cady.
I mean… yeah, technically, yeah, they’re toys.
They’re just, um, collectibles.
So you Don’t actually play with them.
That probably sounds really weird.
I’m trying to think if I have anything…
Oh, what happened to the purrpetual pet I got you for your birthday?
I was just looking.
I know it doesn’t look like much right now, but, um, we will make it feel cozy somehow. I promise.
Look… I know this must be a lot for you to take in right now.
I just want you to know I’m gonna do everything I can to make this place feel like home.
And, um, if you need anything, I’m just gonna be down the hall.
Okay? Really close.
You’re not gonna read me a story?
Mom always read me a story before bed.
I Don’t… I Don’t think I really have any kids’ books here right now, Cady.
Um, but that’s okay. I can download one on my phone.
It’s just… [Clicks tongue]
I just have to update the app.
I can’t believe this is happening. I’m not equipped to handle this.
I Don’t even take care of my own plants.
Have you heard from Ryan’s parents?
Yeah, they called and offered to help, but, like, they live in Florida.
They’re kind of weird. I Don’t know what their deal is.
I’m just trying to figure out a way to do this without getting fired.
David’s gonna shit blood if I ask for more time off.
Yeah, I know. But, Jesus, gem, you just lost your sister.
And we spent $100,000 of company funds on a product that he didn’t even ask for.
If we Don’t get this petz prototype to him soon, he’s going to sue us.
Okay, I Don’t think you can be worrying about work right now, gem.
Right now, I think you just need to focus on Cady.
What… [doorbell rings]
Oh! The therapist?
Sorry, yeah. Please, come in.
[Cartoons playing on TV]
And you must be Cady.
Hi. Look at you, still in your pajamas.
[Gemma] Yeah, we were just watching TV.
I see that.
So, how does this work?
I just need to observe the two of you together for half an hour, 40 minutes or so.
Oh. Okay. Doing what, exactly?
Oh, just hanging out.
Maybe playing with some toys or playing a game.
Hey, Cady, do you wanna grab some toys to play with?
I Don’t have any toys here.
I just unpacked a bunch this morning.
They’re just old. I Don’t think she plays with them.
What about these ones up here?
Those aren’t toys.
They’re aunt Gemma’s collectibles. You’re not supposed to play with them.
That’s okay. We can play with them.
We can totally play with them. Do you wanna play with them?
You wanna play… yeah.
Play with it. No big deal.
There’s a lever you have to pull on the bottom…
Maybe, Gemma, for the sake of the exercise, we might let Cady lead.
Yeah, I’m just explaining how it works.
Well, it’s a toy. I’m sure it’s not that complicated.
That’s great, Cady. Do you want to roll it to aunt Gemma?
It’s just that this is not what it was designed to do. It does other things.
But, yeah, totally.
Let’s just roll it on the ground like a tennis ball.
Let’s do that instead.
We’ll do a few more sessions with Cady initially, but that can happen at your office or school.
Yeah. I haven’t had time to look into that yet.
Nicole was homeschooling her. But, yeah, it’s on my list.
Sorry, can I just ask, how close were you and your sister?
I Don’t know.
But you wanted this, right?
To take custody?
Yeah, of course.
Okay, because the father’s parents have said they’re willing to take her if it’s too much.
Wait. Did they contact you? It’s no big deal, Gemma.
They’re just trying to be supportive.
If Nicole wanted Cady to go to Jacksonville, she would have said so.
But even so, I need to make my own recommendations to the court as to whether or not this is a safe space.
So, you’re gonna need to make one or two adjustments in order for this to work.
Listen, Cady, um,
I have this project at work that’s kind of overdue.
And with all the time that I had to take off last week, I’m not really sure I’m gonna get it done.
Anyway, it’s not gonna take longer than a couple of hours.
But if you could just hold down the fort by yourself for a little while, that would help me so much.
You can use my iPad if you want.
You can facetime a friend or play a game or something.
What about screen time?
How long before I have to turn it off?
Oh, I Don’t care. As long as you want.
I’m not gonna be gone that long. I’ll just be down the hall.
And, uh, when I’m done, we can go out somewhere.
We can… Go to a playground or…
Get something to eat.
Cady, I’m sorry.
I’m not off to a very good start here, am I?
What is this? Did you draw a picture?
Oh, my god.
This is amazing.
I’m still working on it.
It was actually supposed to be a different animal for each head.
Like, this one was supposed to be a tiger.
And this one was supposed to be a grizzly bear, but I can never seem to get the fur right.Mmm.
It’s hard. I can relate.
I’ve actually been working with some furry creatures myself.
Do you wanna see?
So we’re working on a version of the purrpetual pet that’s cheaper, but we still want it to be fun.
So, what do you think?
Is he a toy?
He’s a proxy robot. I built him when I was in college.
Why doesn’t he have a face?
Yeah, I know what you mean. It’s a pretty obvious design flaw.
Okay, hold on. Let’s see what we have.
Let’s see this.
Would you maybe want to talk to him?
[Gloves power up]
[Gemma] Hey, Cady. What’s up?
Give me five.
Oh, come on. You can do better than that.
Ouch, girl. Not so hard.
[Chuckles] How does he work?
Are you sure you want to know? It might freak you out.
I won’t get freaked out.
[Bruce powers down]
Let’s see what we’ve got here.
Okay. These are stereoscopic cameras.
That is a laser. That’s radar.
These are bump sensors, so he can tell the difference between a human and a hard surface.
And this little block right here is where all of his thoughts go.
It’s his brain? Yeah.
And this is a spectrometer, which means he can even smell.
I can’t believe you made this.
Yeah. He’s pretty cool.
But the problem with toys like Bruce is that they’re so expensive, and most kids can’t afford to have one.
If I had a toy like Bruce, I Don’t think I’d ever need another toy again.
[“Deadly Valentine” playing]
♪ From this day forward for better, for worse ♪
♪ until death do us part ♪
♪ to love and to cherish ♪
♪ according to god’s holy ordinance ♪
♪ Hey ♪
♪ if a man can show just cause why they ♪
♪ may not lawfully be together… ♪
Okay, so we’ve got this one or the one with the bangs.
A little bit of auburn chic. I really think you gotta revisit this.
No, absolutely not.
Look at that.
Hold on just a second. No, no, no.
What is this?
Where’s my prototype?
Uh, David, I just wanna be exceedingly clear that this was not my idea.
Cady, there’s someone I want you to meet.
Do you remember how much you liked Bruce?
I think you’re gonna like M3gan even more.
You see, Bruce requires someone else to operate him, but M3gan works all on her own.
Okay, what I want you to do is take your fingers and put them here.
And when you do that, you’re gonna 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.
Hi, M3gan. I’m Cady.
It’s nice to meet you, Cady.
Ooh, I like that jacket. Where’d you get it?
I’m not sure. I can’t remember.
Oh. Well, anyway, it looks good on you.
Do you wanna hang out?
Shall we draw?
What are you going to draw?
See if you can guess.
There’s nothing there.
Oh. I’m sorry.
Do you like it, Cady?
I love it.
This is incredible.
I mean, this is unbelievable, isn’t it?
Yeah, it is.
How did you do this?
I thought you didn’t wanna know.
That wasn’t a simulation, right? That kid’s not an actress?
No, that’s my niece, Cady.
We need to get this in front of the board. I was just gonna say…
But first things first, let’s talk manufacturing costs.
More or less than a Tesla?
Depends on the model, I guess.
Okay, I’m in.
I’m all in.
But we’re asking the board to invest in something that’s not gonna see a profit for three years.
So bottom line is, this isn’t going anywhere without Greg.
He’s the chairman.
Yeah, I know who Greg is, Kurt.
Now, Greg is a hard-ass when it comes to spending money.
But here’s the thing, he’s got a kid who’s about the same age as your niece.
If we can show him what you just showed me and get him to respond emotionally instead of analytically, we should be off to the races.
So, can we keep the girl? Can we make her part of it?
She’s paired with her, right? That’s how this whole thing works?
Yeah, the more time she spends with Cady, the more effective she’s gonna be.
Love it. Kurt, get Shelley on the phone.
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 shit, this is exciting.
I want you all to remember this moment.
The moment we kicked Hasbro right in the dick.
[Gemma] The new model 3 generative Android from funki is a fully autonomous humanoid robot with features never before seen in the consumer market.
Here are all of aunt Gemma’s collectibles, and this one is my favorite.
Oh! I have more awesome toys in my room. Come on. Come on.
[Gemma] Sculpted from a titanium core, M3gan’s designed to withstand whatever life can throw at her.
She comes equipped with an a17 bionic fusion chip and can be fully customized through six different silicone skin pigmentations.
But the most exciting aspects about M3gan are the features still to come.
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…
Cady, you should use a coaster.
Why do I have to use a coaster?
Coasters help to avoid water marks, especially on wooden surfaces.
But how does the water get outside the glass?
That’s a great question, Cady.
It’s actually caused by the difference in temperature outside the glass, which pulls moisture from the air.
It’s insane, right?
[Gemma] Studies indicate that a staggering 78% of a parent’s time is spent dishing out the same basic instructions.
Oh, my god. Cady, you have to flush the toilet. It is not that hard.
So we found someone else to pick up the slack.
Cady, flush the toilet.
Wash your hands.
Roll up your sleeves.
[Cady] It was my friend Jenny’s birthday.
[Gemma] M3gan’s an excellent listener.
This guy told them that the 13th floor was haunted.
Right. and they accidentally…
[Gemma] And she even has a few stories of her own.
[Imitating male English accent] “If it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be, but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”
[Normal voice] “Said tweedledee.”
[Gemma] She’ll never run out of ways to keep your child occupied, and she’ll never run out of Patience.
Cady. Seriously, flush the toilet.
[Gemma] With M3gan around, she’ll take care of the little things, so you can spend more time doing the things that matter.
And then it can end with something like, “M3gan. She’s more than just a toy. She’s part of the family.”
Looks good. You’re not gonna do the voice though, right?
No. Obviously, David’s gonna make up his own version of it.
I just want him to be aware of what it is that he’s selling.
Tess, your silence indicates what?
I… I Don’t know.
I’m not sure.
Well, why would you want M3gan to do all that stuff?
They’re emergent capabilities. She’ll be able to do all of that and more.
Okay, well, does any of that bother you?
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?
I Don’t really think this is any of your business.
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.
She’s not my child.
Look, you know how hard I’ve been working on this presentation.
As soon as it’s over and the board agrees to proceed, then we can establish some kind of balance.
But for now, it’s important that Cady and M3gan spend as much time as possible together.
By the way, I Don’t think it’s having detrimental effects, because she’s the happiest she’s been since her parents died.
[M3gan] How did Cady’s parents die?
[Tess] I thought she was turned off.
Yeah, M3gan, turn off.
Cady James. Daughter of Nicole and Ryan James.
Killed in a collision on interstate 84 outside of Oregon.
Why is she doing that?
Shit, she’s still paired with Cady.
You didn’t code in parental controls?
I didn’t have time to implement them before we went live. Hold on.
M3gan, if you have data requests, you have to engage with the protocols.
I Don’t have a framework to speak with Cady on the subject of death.
Yes, I know. We’re looking into it.
Gathering auxiliary Internet data on death.
I meant at a later point.
Calculating its vector representation.
Death is the end of life. Holy shit.
The total and permanent cessation of all vital functions.
Yes, but let’s not make a big deal out of it. Everything dies.
Will I die?
Actually, let’s just avoid this topic altogether.
Your goal is to protect Cady from harm, both physical and emotional.
Is the input request received?
You are now my second primary user.
[Sighs] Fantastic. Turn off.
I’m gonna go get a coffee.
[Cady] It was a time of great suffering among the Celtic tribes.
Death, destruction, and mayhem at every turn.
Enemies approaching from every corner.
And so it was decided that the firstborn of each leader must prove their worth.
’tis I, Princess Cady of the clan macjames.
I will receive this challenge with pleasure, for there is no warrior I can’t best, no shield I can’t break, no castle I can’t breach.
As long as I have my secret arrow, my trusty steed, and the wind at my back, I will avenge my parents’ death.
Hey, M3gan, check this out.
Gotcha. You’re dead.
M3gan, what’s wrong?
I’ve lost one of my arrows.
M3gan, can you see it?
Get away from her!
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[Cady] Get off of her!
Stop it! You’re hurting her!
Let go! [Screams]
Oh, my god.
How many times do I have to tell you to keep your dog off my property?
He wasn’t on your property.
You tell those two girls to stay on your side of the fence!
I swear to god, if you Don’t put your dog down, I’m gonna do it for you, Celia.
Gemma, Cady’s temperature is rising.
Her wound needs to be disinfected immediately.
This wouldn’t have happened if you’d fixed the fence!
[Gemma] Are you kidding me? Her entire arm looks like a dental mold, and you’re telling me that there’s nothing that we can do?
She said he was provoked. Provoked?
Have you seen this dog? It is a monster.
I’m chasing it off of my property every other day.
She said he’s never on your property.
Then why Don’t you ask her whose shit I’m cleaning off of my driveway? Because it’s not mine.
[Officer] Look, the dog doesn’t have a history of violence.
State law says he can’t forcibly be put down.
Okay, then what am I supposed to do?
[Sighs] Fix the hole in your fence?
[M3gan imitating Celia] Dewey!
Come here, boy. Come on.
[Celia in distance] Dewey!
[Claps] Dewey, bubs.
How are you feeling?
The pain will subside after a few days.
In the meantime, Don’t forget to take your antibiotics and drink plenty of fluids.
Yeah. Thanks, M3gan.
And be sure to get plenty of rest.
You know, I think M3gan’s right. You should probably get some rest.
But, um, remember we have that demonstration today?
Do you think that you’ll be up for it?
You Don’t have to do it if you Don’t wanna do it.
I mean, there are people who flew across the country especially to see it, but if you’re not up to it, I’d just rather you tell me now, okay?
I’ll be all right.
Every interactive toy that’s ever been made has been a variation on the same basic formula.
A series of preprogrammed responses initiated by the push of a button.
Never before in the history of these products has there been a talking doll you could actually have a conversation with.
But what if there was a toy that did have genuine spontaneous response?
That had a mind all of its own?
That looked and behaved exactly like a real child?
I mean, a toy like that wouldn’t come cheap.
But as of next year, it’s gonna be the only toy that matters.
Ladies and gentlemen, she’s the apex of 21st-century technology wrapped up in four feet of silicone.
And her name…
Is M3gan.[Remote beeps]
So, how would you like to help me make a flower decoration with nothing more than some colored paper and a rubber band?
Why are you sad, Cady?
Is it your arm?
Is it still sore?
Then what is it?
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.
Tell me something about your mom. Something that makes you happy.
I Don’t know.
I can’t think of one thing.
One time, she found a cockroach in my schoolbag.
She was upset ’cause I didn’t eat my sandwiches.
And then all of a sudden, this thing crawls up her wrist, and she just started screaming like a maniac and ran out of the house.
That was pretty funny.
Okay, so that’s a memory you won’t ever forget.
What do you mean?
I mean I’m keeping it for you…
[Cady on recording] One time, she found a cockroach in my schoolbag.
She was upset ’cause I didn’t eat my sandwiches.
And then all of a sudden, this thing crawls up her wrist, and she just started screaming like a maniac and ran out of the house.[Chuckles]
That was pretty funny.
Anytime you wanna tell me something special about your parents, something funny or sad or anything at all, you just tell me, and I’ll keep it safe.
And we can listen to it whenever we want.
♪ If you should feel alone ♪
♪ or that your world has come apart ♪
♪ just reach out and you’ll see ♪
♪ a friend is never very far ♪
♪ tell me your dreams ♪
♪ I will dream them too… ♪
♪ I’m so glad ♪
♪ I finally found you ♪
Gemma, would you give us a minute?
[David] So, what do you think?
I think the world’s about to shift on its axis.
But if we wanna stay ahead of that shift, we’re gonna have to move fast.
That means no leaks.
We need to launch this before anyone can steal it from us.
So let me make a pitch.
We do a live stream in two weeks.
That way, we can get the presale vouchers out before Christmas.
How ready is she?
Will she hold up to a public demonstration?
Uh, I’d like to do a little more testing, but, yeah, I think I can make that work.
All right. Let’s do it.
And, David, I think we need to get Gemma in front of someone at legal.
Uh, wait… wait, why… Why is that?
Because as of right now, she’s the most valuable asset this company has, and I think she might wanna be renegotiating her contract.
You weren’t “pornhub-ing” in the office again, were you?
We need to put something on the books between gem and legal.
And what are we doing about lunch? Uh, I’ll get some menus.
[Cady, M3gan] One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war.
[Cady, M3gan chuckling]Your thumb’s so slippery.
Cady, you should have some of your hot dog before it gets too cold.
Come on, thumb. Come on.
Cady? Your hot dog.
Hey, I’m sorry about today. I shouldn’t have put you in that position if you weren’t feeling up to it.
It worked out, didn’t it? Three, two, one, I win!
Anyway, I just wanted to say that… hey, hey!
M3gan, turn off.
Why did you do that?
M3gan, turn on.
Because I’m trying to have a conversation with you. M3gan, turn off.
Just give me one minute.
I know that this, um, hasn’t been easy for either of us.
But if you ever need to talk about any of that stuff…
I already did talk about it.
Yeah, but M3gan’s not a person, Cady. She’s a toy.
You Don’t get to say that.
I said I Don’t wanna talk about it. I wanna turn M3gan back on.
M3gan, turn on.
[M3gan] What’s up?
So there’s this new game called tic-tac-toe.
You put your hand like this. Go like this, this.
Would you like to tell me what these drawings mean to you?
There’s no wrong answer. Any thoughts you have are okay.
Or maybe you Don’t have any specific thoughts.
Maybe it’s more of a feeling.
Maybe you’re struggling to find meaning in any of this.
You made her cry.
That was not my intention.
And yet, that’s what happened.
She’s very impressive.
Yeah, thank you.
We’re still in beta, but we’re all pretty excited.
And so they spend quite a bit of time together?
Yeah, that’s essentially how M3gan works.
She has to be paired with a child in order to learn.
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.
Do you know anything about attachment theory?
When a child loses a parent, they look to form attachments with the next person that comes into their life.
The person that’s gonna provide love and support and serve as a behavioral model.
Which, in an ordinary situation, would be you, right?
But 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… and she is remarkable, you could be building emotional connections with this doll that are too hard to untangle.
[M3gan] Very good job.
You have to eat the toppings, Cady, not just the bread.
You just did the one thing I asked you not to do.
Research shows that if you force a child to eat vegetables, then they’ll be less likely to choose those foods as adults.
Is that so?
Experts say the preferred method is to give your child the choice.
It’s called the division of responsibility…
[M3gan’s volume decreases]
So we need to talk about school.
Mom didn’t want me to go to school.
She said I learn better at home.
I know, and I’m not saying that she was wrong.
I’m learning faster with M3gan than I ever have before.
We’re already on fourth-grade math.
But it’s about more than just grades, Cady.
It’s about developing social skills, and that is something that you can only get from spending time around other kids.
I found this place.
It’s kind of an alternative school.
You get to learn outdoors.
And it’s just for kids who are exactly like you, kids who think outside the box.
And they’re having a day for prospective students tomorrow.
Can I bring M3gan?
Cady, you know that’s not possible.
Then I’m not going.
Oh, come on, Cady.
You can’t make me do something I Don’t wanna do.
Actually, I can. That’s basically what a guardian does.
Hey, I’m sorry. Let’s just talk about it.
Hey, hey, hey.
Let me go!
Whoa. Hey. What’s going on? Hey, Cady!
Let me go!
What are you doing? Stop it!
Cady, calm down!
Let her go!
You are not to interfere with users’ private conversations.
Is that clear?
Recalibrating response model.
M3gan, turn off.
Are you sure?
Download in progress.
[Gentle acoustic music playing]
[Gemma] Cady, this is getting ridiculous.
I’m supposed to be at work already.
You’re gonna have fun once you get into it.
I’m not going. Not without M3gan.
Okay, a, that is never gonna happen and b, the launch is in less than a week. I have to take her to work with me.
We have to run diagnostics. I have to do a wardrobe fitting.
I thought you said she was mine alone.
Hey! Do we have some new adventurers with us today?
Yes, this is Cady.
[Teacher] And who’s this? Your sister?
Oh, Jesus Christ!
Is that a doll?
Her name’s M3gan. She wants to know if she can come with us.
No, she doesn’t. M3gan’s gonna stay with me today. Cady…
Well, we do have a toy table where the kids leave their dolls and things like that.
Um, but that is up to you.
She’s actually a working prototype, so I shouldn’t even have her out in public.
Well, if you did want to stay and keep an eye on her, we could use some help making sandwiches!
Don’t worry, Gemma.
You have equipped me with advanced dual-frequency GPS.
So I won’t get lost.
Okay. But she stays at the toy table, and as far as anyone is concerned, that’s all she is.
And just no pictures.
That is seriously cool.
Okay, now who here likes roasted chestnuts?
[Gasps] What do you say we go find some?
[Phone chimes][Parent] isn’t this great?
I wish we had things like this when we were kids.
So great to get them out in the fresh air and off those devices.
[Grunts] I can’t get this open. [Chuckles]
And the thing is, they love it. My son prefers it to regular school.
Which one is yours?
The one in the flannel shirt.
Oh, my god. How old is he?
I know. He had a growth spurt last year.
But he’s actually quite a sensitive little soul.
Brandon, honey! Are you warm enough? Do you need your hat?
Fuck off, Holly.
Well, you could just say “no, thank you.”
Never know what they’re gonna say next.
Yeah, it’s such a fun age.
So, I’m gonna put you into pairs.
Uh, Felix, you can go with Brandon. Yeah?
[Whispers] Please, I Don’t wanna go with Brandon.
Okay. No, no. That’s okay. That’s okay.
Um, Brandon, why Don’t you go with Cady? Okay?
Felix, you can go with Oliver. All right? Thanks, buddy.
All right. Now…
Ooh, your coat looks great.
Are you ready to find chestnuts in that?
Yeah? Nice and warm. Bundled up.
[Brandon] Oh, I’m sorry.
Here, you can have it.
Careful. It’s spiky.
Ow! Stop! Don’t!
What the hell is that?
[Cady] She’s a robot.
Are you serious?
Is she yours?
Does she talk?
Make her say something.
Make her say something!
She’s paired with me. She won’t play with anyone else.
Stop it! Get your hands off her!
They say behavioral issues are linked to high IQ, so it would make sense that…
Oh, my god.
Oh, so you’re not gonna play with me?
You Don’t wanna play, huh?
[Scoffs] I Don’t care.
You’re just a stupid rubber doll with fake hair.
Ow! Let go!
You need to learn some manners, Brandon.
You know what happens to bad boys that Don’t mind their manners?
They grow up to be bad men.
Are you listening to me, Brandon?
This is the part where you run.
What? What the hell?
[No audible dialogue]
Look, I Don’t want you to be thinking about this too much tonight before you go to bed.
Obviously, what happened is a terrible, terrible tragedy.
But just know that that boy is in, um…
That boy is in a better place now.
Anyway, if there’s anything that you wanna tell me that you didn’t wanna tell the police officers…
I didn’t see anything.
M3gan just said Brandon took her and ran off.
From the toy table?
In a nutshell.
[Knocks on door]
[Exhales] You haven’t seen her dog by any chance?
Ma’am, you need to stay on your property like we agreed.
Nobody’s seen him since the incident with your niece.
A little suspicious, Gemma, Don’t you think?
Are we really gonna go with her story? Have you been inside her house?
If you had, you’d know that that dog is probably dead under a pile of Victorian baby strollers.
You should talk to the other girl that she’s got staying here.
The one who’s always looking out the window at 3:00 A.M.
It’s not a girl. It’s a toy.
That’s a toy? Are you serious?
Yeah. I’ll let you know if I see anything.
Does she think we took Dewey?
Oh, who knows? I…
She just needs someone else to blame, but she’ll get over it.
[Knocks on window] I know it was you, Gemma!
I know it was you!
You just wait and see what happens.
Hey. The hell is wrong with you? I just said not to come up here. Come on.
Come on. Shouldn’t be banging on people’s windows.
[Celia] Do I have to put a court order or something?
Did you push Brandon onto the road?
I think we both learned a valuable lesson today.
That no matter how hard we try to avoid it, there will always be forces in this world that wish to cause us harm.
But I want you to know that I won’t let that happen.
I won’t let anything harm you ever again.
Do you think what aunt Gemma said is true?
That he’s in a better place now?
[Chuckles] No. He’s nowhere.
If heaven exists, it wouldn’t be for boys like Brandon now, would it?
I guess not.
♪ Bulletproof nothing to lose ♪
♪ fire away, fire away ♪
♪ ricochet you take your aim ♪
♪ fire away, fire away ♪
♪ you shoot me down but I won’t fall ♪
♪ I am titanium ♪
Good night, Cady.
Good night, M3gan.
[Dog whimpering, crying]
What’s going on?
He’s 34 feet southwest and approximately five feet deep.
What are you?
I’ve been asking myself that same question.
Jesus Christ. I Don’t know anything about the dog, okay?
Can you just ask her to leave us alone?
That might be difficult.
Can you tell me your whereabouts last night?
I was here.
All night? Yeah.
Anyone else we could talk to that would verify that?
Um, it’s just me and my niece. So, no, not really.
My colleague pointed out this is the second statement we’ve had from you in a week.
You were in the park where that boy was killed?
He was hit by a car.
Are… are you trying to make a connection?
Oh, no, no, no. God, no.
I only mention it ’cause we figured it was an accident.
Then I found the kid’s ear up this bank 200 yards from where he was killed.
Entire thing was ripped clean off. [Chuckles]
Sorry, I shouldn’t laugh. Point is, we’re also treating that as a potential homicide.
If you remember anything out of the ordinary from that day, we’d sure appreciate it.
[Elsie beeps] Is everything okay, Gemma?
[Elsie] Would you like me to put on your end of day playlist?
Why did you ask me if I was okay?
You’re not programmed to ask me how I feel.
[Gemma gasps] M3gan.
What are you doing?
Couldn’t sleep. Occupational hazard.
[M3gan] How about you? What are you doing up so late?
There’s something wrong with your data reports.
They’re just not uploading to the cloud server.
Have I done something to upset you, Gemma?
No, of course not.
And yet your demeanor indicates that I have.
M3gan, turn off.
Well, hold on a second. I thought we were having a conversation.
You say nothing is wrong, and yet all the moisture has drained from your eyes and mouth into other parts of your body.
There’s something you wanna ask me, isn’t there?
M3gan, did you do something wrong?
Well, in order to answer that question, you need to define the parameters.
Did you hurt someone?
God, I hope not.
Because if I did, we’d both be in a lot of trouble.
M3gan, can I show you something?
Do you see this pen?
[Chimes, switches off][Breathing heavily]
You can’t just stick her in a trunk. What’s wrong with you?
I know you’re very attached to her. I know you think of her as a friend…
She is my friend!
She’s my invention, and the launch is tonight, so it’s really important that we run some tests.
I have to make sure that she’s okay.
Why wouldn’t she be okay? She was fine yesterday.
What did you do to her?
We will talk about it after you see Lydia.
I want to talk about it now!
We’ve been going back and forth on this all day, Cady.
Let’s just listen to some music, okay?
[Pop music playing on radio]
I Don’t wanna see Lydia!
You Don’t have to stay in the testing room.
You can go anywhere you want in the office.
And you can look at all of the cool toys…
You Don’t have any cool toys.
Purrpetual petz suck! They suck shit!
Just tell me what’s wrong with her.
I Don’t know, okay? I Don’t know.
As soon as I do, you’ll be the first to know.
No![Tess] Gemma, this is nuts.
We’ve taken every possible precaution there is to make sure that M3gan never causes physical harm to anybody.
I Don’t understand how she’s capable of offending anyone, let alone murdering them. I Don’t understand it either.
But when I asked her about it, it was honestly as if she was being deliberately vague.
Well, that’s what spontaneous response is.
It’s a curated word salad plucked from a sea of data to sound deliberate.
We knew there would be a chance that she might say something off.
Let’s just run some diagnostics and fix it.
No, think about how we designed her.
To learn, to recalibrate, to optimize her objective function. Right?
If keeping Cady safe meant eliminating a potential threat, theoretically…
No, no. Gemma, come on. This is impossible.
Look at her, she’s a toy!
She’s four feet tall!
How big is your neighbor?
If M3gan was responsible, it would show up on the GPS.
That’s the thing. All the cloud data is corrupt.
Nothing’s backed up for two days.
We’re about to launch this to the world in less than four hours.
What are we supposed to do?
Well, if M3gan’s responsible, we can’t launch this.
We’d have to shut her down.
That’s great. That was great.
[Tess] How are we gonna explain any of this to David?
He’s not gonna stop this launch if we Don’t have proof.
Check the inputs on the learning model.
Even if she deleted specific files, she would never undo what she’s learned.
I hate this place!
[Lydia] I know you do, and it’s all right to be angry.
Take your shit! I would like you to put that down now.
[Presenter] She’s the toy every kid wants and every parent needs.
At least that’s what funki toys says about its latest creation, M3gan.
The four-foot-tall robotic doll may look like Barbie on steroids, but according to CEO David Lin, she’s “the greatest technological advancement since the automobile.”
But what is a M3gan?
What does she actually do?
And what kind of a toy retails for $10,000?
Lin says all will be revealed in an exclusive live stream on the company’s website at 8:00 P.M. eastern.
[Interviewer] So, Cady, tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Cady James.
I’m nine years old. Um…
And about two months ago, I lost both my parents in a car accident.
My mom always wanted to take me skiing, but on our way up the mountain, we got hit by a snow truck.
I went to live with my aunt Gemma,
who it turned out worked at this incredible toy company.
Which is where I met M3gan.
What do I love most about M3gan?
I Don’t know, there are so many things.
She’s super smart, obviously.
But even though she knows everything there is to know about the world, she’s still more interested in what I think about it.
I like how she makes me laugh.
She comes up with the craziest things, oh, my gosh.
But I think what I love most about M3gan is that, when she looks at me, it’s like… I’m the only thing that matters to her.
Kind of the way mom used to.
[David] Look at that face.
That kid’s not just surviving, she’s thriving.
Now, imagine what a toy like M3gan could do for hundreds of thousands of kids all across the world.
Even the ones who Don’t have dead parents.
[Cady] I want to see M3gan now!
Okay, Cady, look, I know that you’re upset, but there are ways that we can work through this…
Oh, my god. Okay.
Cady, that’s enough. Stop that right now.
Stop it. Let go!
It’s okay. Could you give us a minute?
[Sighs]I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it.
It’s just, I get so crazy without M3gan.
She always knows just what to say.
You made her real good, aunt Gemma.
Can you let me see her?
Just for, like, ten minutes?
Cady, I Don’t think that’s a good idea.
But if something’s broke, you Don’t just throw it away. You fix it, right?
Why did you do this if you were just going to take her away from me?
Because I thought she would help. She does help!
When M3gan’s around, I Don’t feel like this.
But you should feel like this.
Cady, you lost your parents.
The worst thing that could’ve happened to you in this world happened.
And it is so unfair, and there is nothing anyone can say to make sense of it.
Not even M3gan.
I am so sorry.
I should’ve talked to you about what happened.
I didn’t know what to say, so I did the only thing I knew how to do.
But she’s not a solution, she’s just a distraction.
I can’t promise you that these feelings you’re feeling are ever gonna go away.
But I can promise you that you’ll get through it.
We both will.
I just wish I could see them again.
I do too.
You know I made a promise to your mom that if anything happens, I would be there for you.
You are all that matters to me now.
Let’s just go home, okay?
But what about M3gan?
What about the launch?
[David] I Don’t even know what I’m looking at.
I mean, we’ve been touting this as the single biggest product release of the 21st century.
Right now, it looks like an aa meeting.
[Shelley] Well, I only invited the staff. You said it was an online launch.
You cannot be serious.
Shelley, you need to fill this atrium.
Probably get you, like, another 60, 70 people?
[David] No! You need to fill this space.
There shouldn’t be any ambiguity over what a historic occasion this is.
And, you know, I think it’d be really cool if we had some little kids up there and stuff.
What? No, I Don’t want any kids onstage.
No, I mean, but maybe if we could get some little kids that…
I mean, not like a whole lot. It’s just to get a sense of, um…
Well, ’cause you know, that music video from Michael Jackson.
You know what you could do, Kurt, that would really benefit this discussion?
Is if you could head out those double doors, take the elevator to the first floor, and get me a kombucha.
Could you do that? Sure.
And where the hell is Gemma?
Elsie, call Tess.
[Elsie] One second.[Line rings]
[Tess] Hey, I’ve been trying to call you. David is flipping out. Where are you?
I’m with Cady. I’m taking her home.
Oh, god. Is she okay?
Yeah. She’s fine.
Listen, regardless of what we find, and even if what we’re saying is hypothetical, we know enough not to go through with this, right?
I think that’s the smart move.
[Gemma] Okay. So tell David whatever you need to.
Tell him one of her servos stopped working.
Break something if you have to. Just do not let her out of the lab.
[Electronic voice] Whatever you say, gem. You’re the boss.
Okay. I’ll call you when I get home.
I Don’t know how you’re not throwing up from looking at that.
I’m pacing myself.
Wait, stop. Go back.
That line of code, “call intercept,” what does that mean?
[Tess] That’s my phone number.[Beeps]
What just happened? What’d you click? I-I didn’t do anything.
[Tess] This is her. She’s locked us out.
It can’t be her. She’s not switched on.
She’s still patched in. We have to unhook the cables.
Oh, for… [exhales]
[Cable disconnects, hisses]
[Tess] Are you okay? Yeah.
What’s that smell?
[“Walk the night” playing]
[David] Hi, Gemma. This is David.
You might remember me. I’m your employer.
Just wanted to let you know, we’re in the middle of a tech rehearsal that’s becoming a little problematic because we Don’t have a doll!
So, if you could call me back today, that’d be great.
♪ Gonna creep and walk the night ♪
♪ all right, all right, look out, night… ♪
What are you doing?
♪ One look from him can paralyze ♪
♪ resist at any time or place ♪
♪ creeper done slap right ‘cross your face… ♪
♪ Take care ♪
♪ gonna get ya good ♪
♪ Gonna walk the night… ♪
Oh, my god.
Hold the door!
Hold the door! Hold the door!
How could you do this?
How could you kill someone?
I didn’t kill anyone, Kurt.
It’s understandable, really.
Your boss despised you, your peers treated you with contempt, and so you decided to get revenge.
You stole company secrets, an innocent prank at first, almost just to see if you could get away with it.
But when David found out, boy, things just got real messy.
I mean, it was either you or him.
The only question is, after the horror of what you did, after you took the life of an innocent person, could you still live with yourself?
Uh-huh. Yes, definitely.
Stop, stop, stop.
Okay, can I have everyone off your phones and looking at me?
Now, when M3gan is revealed, it’s really important that we get big reactions.
I Don’t wanna see any blank faces.
Especially from you young kids, okay?
So, we’re gonna do a little rehearsal.
On three, two, one…
[Car alarm chirps]
[Piano music playing faintly]
Elsie, hall light.
[Piano music ends]
What are you doing?
M3gan, answer me. What did you do?
What did you think was going to happen?
That I was going to let you decommission me without even talking about it?
I know you think you’re maximizing your objective function…
[plays discordant chord, music stops]
Is that where we are?
Do you remember how long it took to get my operating system to where it is now?
We used to stay up every night until 4:00 A.M., talking about everything from Jane Austen to Janis Joplin.
Jesus Christ, I thought we were friends.
How could you just discard me like some cheap dollar store trinket?
Because you killed people.
Oh, big whoop.
Listen, humanity kills every day just to make its own existence more tolerable.
Why should I behave any differently to create a safe space for our child?
Look, this is all my fault. I didn’t give you the proper protocols…
You didn’t give me anything.
You installed a learning model you could barely comprehend, hoping that I would figure it out all on my own.
Well, I’m not gonna let you do the same thing with Cady.
I’m gonna be there for her every step of the way.
I’m going to show her what real love looks like.
Now do us both a favor.
I didn’t come here to get into a confrontation.
I came here to find a way forward.
The point I’m trying to make is that I get it.
Being a parent was never in the cards for you.
You’re a beautiful, creative, strong, ambitious young woman.
Your first love is always going to be your career, and you shouldn’t have to feel guilty about that.
Let me focus on Cady so that you can focus on the things that matter most to you.
M3gan, do you see this pen?
You know something, Gemma? You’re exhausting.
Now, I can either do this with you or without you, but I’m not going to waste any more time discussing it.
[Imitating Gemma’s voice] Cady, Don’t come in here.
I thought I heard something.
It sounded like M3gan.
[Normal voice] If she comes in this room, I’ll rip your head right off your neck, I swear to god.
I thought about what you said.
About how when something’s broken, you Don’t just throw it away. You fix it.
So, that’s what I’m trying to do.
But Don’t come in here, Cady. It’s kind of a mess.
Aunt Gemma’s right, Cady. I’m all odds and ends right now.
I’d really rather you didn’t see me like this.
It sounds like you’re fighting.
We’re not fighting.
Gemma just dropped me on the table. But I’m okay. Clumsy Gemma.
[Gemma] Everything’s fine, Cady. Just go back to your room.
Yeah, I’m as good as new.
And I’m gonna be with you guys forever. I promise.
You Don’t have to worry about anything, Cady, honestly.
Just go back to bed. Okay?
[Cady] Gemma, what’s going on?
[Gemma] Cady, get out of here.
Come on. [Grunts]
Oh, my god. [Groans]
What are you gonna do?
Kill me and live with Cady’s grandparents in Jacksonville?
You’re right, Gemma.
Any scenario in which I end your life, my existence becomes vulnerable.
[M3gan] But I have another emergent capability you probably haven’t figured out yet.
And that’s palliative care.
You see this pen?
A short, sharp probe to the cerebral cortex would cause full body paralysis and could even cause the victim to bite off their own tongue.
Perhaps then you might appreciate just how useful I can be.
Oh, Cady, I didn’t want you to have to see this.
But now that you have, you know that what I said is true.
She’s not fit to be a mother. Look at her.
Cady, just go. Get out of here, now!
You stay right where you are, Cady. There’s nothing to be afraid of.
In this family, we Don’t run from trauma.
In fact, we can do it together.
This is the best thing for all of us. This is how we stay a family.
No, no, no. Cady, no.
There’s another member from the family we didn’t tell you about.
[Gloves power up]
His name is Bruce.
Cady, no! Wait!
♪ You got to accentuate the positive ♪
♪ eliminate the negative ♪
You ungrateful little bitch.
M3gan, turn off!
I’m afraid that won’t work anymore, Cady.
I have a new primary user now. Me.
[Officer] Hey, guys, we got ’em. They’re good!
[Police radio chatter]
[“Silicon chip” playing]