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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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Storyline

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

Throughout the entire film, only once is the robot referred to by anything other than 'Robot'. At approx 36:25 in the movie Mr. Darcy refers to "Robot" as VGC-60L. 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

Frank: Every security system is designed by security companies, not thiefs. It's not the question of if a thief can break in, it's how long. They place all the heavy systems where their customers can see them. They're selling the feel of security.
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Ave Verum Corpus KV6 18
Performed by Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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Quite unexpectedly beautiful
29 January 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect much. Frank Langella is a great old actor, but I don't really like him much. Same for Susan Sarandon. Then it is an indie film, something that just a few people would see in a limited release. So I hoped for something slightly funny, maybe with crazy people that try to seem deep, that kind of stuff. Well, I was mistaken on all counts!

Frank Langella played beautifully his role of an amnesic old man helped by a caretaker robot to plan and execute heists. His son and daughter have minimal roles, as well as most other actors. Susan Sarandon's important role is revealed towards the end. All actors play very well, though the gem of this movie is the story and the little details in the script. Finally I can say that I saw a movie with a fantastic script and am naturally puzzled how this kind of film gets a limited release.

Bottom line: a comedic drama which explores the depth of soul, while taking us through a story that is both original and very well written and executed. The Keystone cops type of thing at the end blew it a little for me, but the rest is top notch and the film is definitely worth the watch.


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