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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.

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In the near future, Frank is a retired catburglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Friendship doesn't have an off switch.

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Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »

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19 September 2012 (France)  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,539 (USA) (17 August 2012)

Gross:

$3,325,638 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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Trivia

Reunites Frank Langella with James Marsden after Superman Returns (2006) and The Box (2009). In the Bryan Singer's movie they played uncle and nephew (Perry and Richard White). See more »

Goofs

When Franks drives his son's car, he picks up the robot. The right back door shuts so the robot is on the right back side. However, in the next scene when Frank talks with the robot, the robot is on the left back side. See more »

Quotes

Robot: Hello, Frank. It is a pleasure to meet you.
Frank: How do you know?
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The end credits show various scenes of industrial and research robots performing various tasks, such as walking, gripping everyday items, pouring drinks and serving trays. See more »

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An amusing & affecting look at technology, aging, and family
20 April 2012 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

A funny & touching film that is very effective at getting the audience to identify and empathize with Frank Langella's aging character, a former cat burglar who is gradually growing senile. Frank's son buys him a robot caretaker --a health-nut disciplinarian with a soft spot in its hardware heart -- and Frank eventually persuades the robot to be his partner-in-crime in some late-life capers he has planned.

The film is cleverly and ambiguously set in the "near future," so the 30- & 40-somethings of today could easily be the Franks of tomorrow: still using the slang of the 2000s & 2010s, not scared of the latest technology but still somewhat befuddled by it, and rather aghast when young people ask us about our quaint "relationship with printed media."


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