My Life as a Teenage Robot: The Movie is an American-Canadian live action-computer animated comedy science fiction film based on the Nickelodeon series of the same name. It was the first film ever released by Viacom's MTNick Pictures label. The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the acting and soundtrack, while others criticizing the film's plot to be a re-take on the first episodes. Despite this, the film received positive reviews from fans of both the show and Nickelodeon, with some praising it's use for Danish rockabilly group, Cartoons' cover of Ross Bagdasarian's Witch Doctor in one of the scenes. The film is set in a universe non-canon to the original series, otherwise known as the MLaaTR Movie universe.
Jenny "XJ-9" Wakeman (Ciara Baxton), an adolescent-like robot built to be protector of the Earth, comes into contact with two human teenagers, Brad and Tuck Carbunkle, and begins to know what life is like outside of her overprotective mother and creator, Noreen Wakeman's (Karol Smythe) home. However, the fun is short-lived when Vexus, leader of an alien race known as the Cluster, plans on taking over the world, and Jenny must stop Vexus's plans before it is too late.
In the year 2072 in the city of Tremorton, two brothers, Brad and Tuck Carbunkle, are leaving their schools on the first day of summer break, and begin by playing Baseball together. However, Tuck hits the ball into their neighbor, Noreen Wakeman's home, and Brad sends him out to get it. While inside, Tuck encounters a robot, late revealed to be XJ-9, Tuck runs out of the house without the baseball afraid and trips on a staircase. XJ-9, or Jenny Wakeman's creator, walks into her room explaining the rules and claiming that her existence should not be known by any humans, including teenagers. Jenny doesn't comply to most of the rules however, and prefers to fit in like every teenager in the city. Her mother understands, but claims that she'll get used to staying in her room her whole life when she gets older. Later that night, Brad sneaks into Jenny's room through the window and is caught by her. Surprised to have met a real human teenager, they instantly become friends and share many things in common like the music they listen to, their social network status, and how they prefer to have real friends.
The next day, Brad sneaks into Jenny's room in the morning again and asks if they want to hang out. Jenny checks the Crisis Control Centre for any major trouble, and the monitors say that there will be no trouble for the next eight hours. Tuck comes along only because she's with Brad. After two hours of outdoor activities, they decide to go to the mall, but Jenny claims that her mom told her not to make any contact with the human population. Brad helps her out by giving her a disguise and a wig to fit in, along with opening her own checking account at the bank. After having a lot of fun in the mall, they decide to go to one more place in the mall, the arcade. Jenny's wig, is flown off her head while playing a dancing game. Scared about what she has done, she flies out of the building through the roof, not knowing the many people cheering her on afterwards. Jenny is later seen sitting on top of a building in shame over what she has done, with Tuck coming to try and apologize to her. However, Jenny notices a ship approaching the planet and flies off towards it, inadvertently bringing Tuck along with her unnoticed. In space, while examining the ship, she discovers an alien robot race known as the Cluster, who are planning to take over the Earth, and is knocked out and captured by one of the guards.
She wakes up in a cell locked in electric cuffs, and on a monitor, she meets Vexus, queen and leader of the Cluster, who reminds her that in three hours, the Cluster will take over Earth, and she will stay imprisoned during that time with Tuck. Jenny breaks free from her cuffs using her lasers, along with Tuck. Tuck finally apologizes to Jenny about assuming her to be a "hideous bloodthirsty robot", and Jenny forgives her. While making their escape, they are caught by the Cluster guards and later Vexus, only to escape through the window and fight all around Tremorton, with the mayor, Dean Richardson (Daryl Keith Roach) and everyone in the city witnessing the battle. Just when Jenny is about to be defeated by Vexus, encouragement from Brad and Tuck helps her regain her strength and punches Vexus into her ship back in space, taking out the central core and defeating Vexus and the Cluster.
The people in Tremorton cheer Jenny on for her heroics, including Tuck. The fun, however, is deemed short-lived when Nora Wakeman, having found out about Jenny's recent activities, is angry at her and claims that she will wipe everyone's memory of her existence and dismantle her permanently. However, Dean recognizes Nora from one of her front-cover magazine appearances, and realizes that XJ-9 is one of her creations. The rest of the people who have encountered her claim that she has done nice things to them, and when her disguise was taken off, they cheered her on. Nora, realizing what everyone means, apologizes to XJ-9 and claims that she was afraid no one would accept her for who she is. Jenny is later praised as a hero to the world and is given official human privileges like the ability to go to school. 5½ months later, at Tremorton High School, Brad comes to Jenny's locker and praises her for what she has done over the past months, while the Crust cousins, Brit and Tiffany, claim that she's nothing but a hunk of metal who just had beginner hero's luck. During class, a giant spider-like creature attacks the class, and Jenny flies off to defeat it.
In a mid-credits scene, it is revealed that Vexus and the Cluster survived the crash and have deemed XJ-9 public enemy number one on Cluster Prime, with Vexus vowing revenge on her one day.
- Ciara Baxton as Jenny "XJ-9" Wakeman
- Cree Summer as Queen Vexus
- Dee Bradley Baker as Cluster Guards #1 and #2
- The Backstreet Boys (poster)
- Boyz II Men (poster)
- Moby (poster)
- Lil Wayne (poster)
- Justin Bieber (poster)
- 5ive (poster and CD cover)
- Rihanna (poster)
- Sean Sean (poster & screen-printer shop cashier)
- Cartoons (CD cover and poster)
- will.i.am (poster)
- Black Eyed Peas (poster)
- DJ Mala (poster)
- Ms. Lee (poster)
- TLC (poster)
- The Starbrites (poster)
- Aaliyah Caelan (poster)
- Das EFX (poster)
- Ariana Grande (TremorTEEN magazine cover)
- Adam Sandler (arcade manager)
- Jonah Hill (student)
- Ron Howard (Mr. Smellhaus)
The first trailer for the film premiered during San Diego Comic-Con 2010, and was uploaded online two months later, the trailer featured French house duo, Justice's song DVNO, and received positive reviews from fans.
For transcript of the trailers, see page: My Life as a Teenage Robot: The Movie/Trailer transcripts.
On December 7, 2010, Paramount announced a deal with McDonald's to distribute toys in their Happy Meal products to promote the movie's release. The toys were introduced in the Happy Meals on April 1, 2011, and ended production and distribution on May 31, 2011, exactly four days before the film's premiere.
Main article: My Life as a Teenage Robot: The Movie/Official Soundtrack.
A theatrical sequel, My Life as a Teenage Robot: XJ-10, was released in 2013.
Main article: My Life as a Teenage Robot: The Movie/Quotes