Robot & Frank
is a movie starring
Peter Sarsgaard, Frank Langella, and Susan Sarandon.
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.
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 (email@example.com)
The vehicle that passes Frank when he is walking down the road is an available production car, a Tango by Commuter Cars. There are only twelve in existence, with a retail price of $240,000 each. See more »
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 »
[a phone rings, and a recorded female voice announces: "Call from Madison Weld. Call from Madison Weld"]
[On a wall video phone, with noisy transmission]
Daddy, it's me, Madison. Hi!
Oh, yeah! Yeah... Hey. How are you doing?
I'm wonderful. Turkmenistan is so beautiful. I am sorry I haven't called. How are you?
Oh! You know... fine. I'm OK.
Has Hunter been coming around?
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Over the closing credits, there's footage of real assisted-living robots in various stages of development. See more »
An amusing & affecting look at technology, aging, and family
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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