Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is a budding filmmaker with an endless supply of ideas. Her outdoorsy father Rick (Danny McBride), who doesn’t understand her films, is always at odds with her. Rick organizes a Mitchell family road trip to take Katie to college to heal the gap that has developed between them over the years. Katie’s dinosaur-obsessed younger brother Aaron (writer and producer Mike Rianda), Mitchell matriarch Linda (Maya Rudolph as the best cartoon mother named Linda since Bob’s Burgers), and family pug Monchi are all along for the ride (Doug the Pug). Katie is terrified at the prospect of missing college orientation by taking this road trip, but she (along with the rest of her family) is even more terrified.
That’s right. While the Mitchells were traveling cross-country, Mark Bowman (Eric Andre), a computer genius and $1000 hoodie wearer, launched a line of robot servants. Unfortunately for Mark and practically everyone else on Earth, these robots turn evil and begin to carry out the vengeful operating system PAL’s commands (Olivia Colman). Just the Mitchells make it out alive. It’s now up to the world’s strangest family to put an end to the robot revolt and save humanity.
The journey that follows is full of excitement, adventure, and plenty of emotional highs and lows. Despite the fact that The Mitchells vs. The Machines is a film about robots trying to end life as we know it, it takes time to reflect on the humans at its heart. I defy you not to cry when Katie and Rick watch old home movies and recall how together they once were, or when Aaron struggles with Katie’s desire to leave their home — and him — behind for college. Moments like these dig into the Mitchells’ relationships, emphasizing the importance of connecting with and understanding those around you. Importantly, the film emphasizes that any relationship needs a lot of work. IMDB