There are tons of tool references in movies and TV shows. Sometimes they’re recognizable, other times they’re somewhat generic. In science fiction, some tools might be repurposes and used as futuristic props.
In The Mitchells vs the Machines, now on Netflix, they specifically reference Robertson (square) head screwdrivers, specifically a #3 size. This is quite possibly the oddest tool reference I’ve come across yet.
Everyone’s got a Robertson number 3 non-slip screwdriver! The dad has one…
And the mom’s got one too. Does that look like a PB Swiss Swissgrip handle pattern to you?
The daughter got one as a sweet 16 gift.
The son’s screwdriver was left under his pillow by the tooth fairy.
I figure that a good 80% (at least) of the people watching this are thinking “Robertson what?” What am I thinking? Why are they using a number 3 – wouldn’t a number 2 be more common?
The screwdrivers makes additional appearances later in the movie. I’m sorry if this is a spoiler it was just too amusing not to share.
You know, this is probably why John Connor had such a hard time in the Terminator universe – he only carried a Phillips screwdriver.
If I need a new Robertson number 2 (or 3) screwdriver, I’d go with these brands:
I was probably more amused by this than I should have been, but that’s okay. You can catch The Mitchells vs the Machines on Netflix (at least in the USA).