True, the Short Circuit movies weren't the best.
I didn't appreciate a lot of aspects of them.
I did appreciate one or two things about the second movie: in particular Johny Five's wish to be accepted among other people. I relate to that one scene where he walking with his friend over the bridge in the city at night, telling him how he feels lonesome and rejected.
I personally have autism, so rejection, teasing, and being taken advantage were sometimes a big part of my life. I also believed at one point in my childhood that I was more like a machine than a human because I couldn't always understand my emotions or why I always took things so literally. Also, like Johny Five, I too would quote and echo different things from TV, (echoing words or phrases happens to be a trait of autism)! So I connected a lot with a part of this robot from a very young age.
Again, there were a ton of aspects in the actual movies that I really did not appreciate. But Johny Five was awesome! He's the guy who actually got me into robotics!