In the 1985 film, Rocky Balboa’s brother-in-law Paulie receives a six-foot robot as an unexpected and unwanted birthday present from the boxer. “What the hell is this?” he asks, as the robot attempts to serve him birthday cake. “It’s creepy...This is extremely psycho, Rocko.” Rocky attempts to win him over to the android, telling Paulie, “It’ll keep ya company when you’re alone.”  Later in the film, Paulie grows used to his new companion, and things become even stranger. Paulie reprogrammes the robot, changing its abrasive intonation to the voice a human woman. “That’s my girl,” he tells Rocky, pointing at the droid. “She loves me.” SICO-header