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Robot & Frank (2012)

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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.

Director:

Jake Schreier

Writer:

Christopher Ford (screenplay)
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Langella ... Frank Weld
James Marsden ... Hunter Weld
Liv Tyler ... Madison Weld
Peter Sarsgaard ... Robot (voice)
Susan Sarandon ... Jennifer
Jeremy Strong ... Jake
Jeremy Sisto ... Sheriff Rowlings
Rachael Ma ... Robot
Bonnie Bentley ... Ava
Ana Gasteyer ... Shop Lady
Katherine Waterston ... Shopgirl
Dario Barosso ... Freckles
Joshua Ormond Joshua Ormond ... Flattop
James D. Compton James D. Compton ... Skinny Sheriff
Dana Morgan ... Additional Robot
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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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Plot Keywords:

burglary | robot | dementia | thief | heist | See All (55) »

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Friendship doesn't have an off switch.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

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

Goofs

After the Robot is switched on for the first time, you can see the reflection of a crew member on the side of Hunter's car, then another time after the Robot goes into the house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[a phone rings, and a recorded female voice announces: "Call from Madison Weld. Call from Madison Weld"]
Frank: [Sleepy] Hello?
Madison: Hey, dad!
Frank: What? Wha...?
Madison: [On a wall video phone, with noisy transmission] Daddy, it's me, Madison. Hi!
Frank: Oh, yeah! Yeah... Hey. How are you doing?
Madison: I'm wonderful. Turkmenistan is so beautiful. I am sorry I haven't called. How are you?
Frank: Oh! You know... fine. I'm OK.
Madison: Has Hunter been coming around?
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Over the closing credits, there's footage of real assisted-living robots in various stages of development. See more »

Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: A Good Day to Die Hard (2013) See more »

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Enjoyable and unique...but it might leave you a tad unfulfilled.
6 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee 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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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rye, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,539, 19 August 2012

Gross USA:

$3,325,038

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,806,423
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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