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Robot & Frank (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  19 September 2012 (France)
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,325,638 (USA) (18 January 2013)
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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 »

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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 »

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Frank: I would rather die eating cheeseburgers than live off of steamed cauliflower.
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Over the closing credits, there's footage of real assisted-living robots in various stages of development. See more »

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Ave Verum Corpus KV6 18
Performed by Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
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Enjoyable and unique...but it might leave you a tad unfulfilled.
6 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed "Robot & Frank", though I am not quite sure why I've seen it referred to as a comedy or a 'buddy comedy'. It's actually a rather serious and ultimately depressing film--but one that is highly original.

Frank Langella stars as an aging man who is slipping mentally and physically. Exasperated, his son decides to do something to free him from having to worry about his father--buy him a helper robot that will keep an eye on him and care for him. However, Langella's memory is spotty--and the very larcenous part of his past is still alive and kicking. And, he's hoping that the robot might help him on his next caper.

The film is a bit hard to rate. I was stuck between a 7 and an 8. It is super-original and fresh but also a bit of a downer--particularly towards the end. It's nice to see some very good acting but I wish the film was a bit more fulfilling. What did you think? Did you also find it a tad unsatisfying when all was said and done. Good--very good. But also not exactly an enjoyable film.


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