Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank

DVD - 2013
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Frank is an aging ex-jewel thief, and his two grown children are worried that he can no longer care for himself. In deciding what to do with Frank, the most likely option appears to be putting him in a nursing home. But Frank's son comes up with another option: buy Frank a walking, talking robot programmed to look after him and improve his physical and mental health. Frank resists the robot at first, but he warms to it after realizing that it could be the perfect heist companion.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2013]
Branch Call Number: FIC Robot
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 85 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Robot and Frank [DVD]

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jonnybroom
Sep 19, 2016

I enjoyed this little movie, with excellent famous actors turning in reasonably credible performances. There are a few creaky moments, for instance, that Frank didn't recognize the sexy librarian, but is still able to carry out pretty sophisticated capers. But in general, the message of the movie, that it's ok for grandpa to steal big-time from hare-brained yuppies as long as he doesn't get caught, comes across. But for a possibly more believable—and chilling—near-future, watch Spike Jonze's "Her."

Trite, predictable but entertaining.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 12, 2016

A creative film about the future of healthcare meeting a unique elderly man. A former thief, Frank is given a new companion robot by his concerned son in order to keep him healthy and active. However, Frank takes matters into his own hands. ROBOT & FRANK felt incredible at the time. There have been films of the same vein since, like HER. Sure, there were films like SHORT CIRCUIT before it, but ROBOT & FRANK is emotional art, not the latest larger-than-life explosion-fest TRANSFORMERS sequel. For those who prefer the cerebral to the bombastic, I recommend ROBOT & FRANK.

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JackPurcell
Nov 11, 2015

Fun movie moderately original.

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VRMurphy
May 31, 2015

Frank Langella is outstanding in this.

Catmamakim Apr 28, 2015

I love this movie. Sweet and somewhat sad. Would definately recommend my friends to watch.

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BeausPerson
Dec 27, 2014

A look at the life of a man whose grown children leave him in the care of a robot. The two bond in humourous and surprising ways. I've seen it twice and love this movie.

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Janice21383
Dec 14, 2014

A melancholy comedy about making Alzheimers work for you. Frank Langella is the cranky cat burgler, Susan Sarandon is the sexy, superseded librarian, and Peter Sarsgaard is their sly, mechanical enabler. Parts of the script go nowhere-- the nasty neighbours subplot should have a better payoff -- but this is the 21st century's first original love story.

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anita_140
Oct 23, 2014

Wonderful movie!! Fun surprises. Highly recommend for a relaxing evening.

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Gary Geiserman
Sep 29, 2014

Very cute idea nicely done for the first half. Peter Sarsgaard’s voice of the robot along w/excellent as usual, Langella, are very pleasant. Some static later on, perhaps from the writer and director having gone to film school. They respected something around the production which interfered w/choices. They looked over their sholders... and got too ‘plotty’ and fake funny. ––––– I don’t know how Liv Tyler works, she can’t act. James Marsden is alright, just too good-looking (better even than Ben Affleck). _____ The main story should have remained Frank & Robot—a very profound thing, similar to the “objector/protector” part of our subconscious. Alas. Still worth watching; Langella keeps getting better with age, he’s towering now. -— Sarandon excellent also–top actor keep seeding interesting projects only available from indies.

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salsabrarian
May 16, 2013

So that wasn't such a bad party once you start drinking...

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salsabrarian
May 16, 2013

Frank: I'm kinda in a bit of trouble.

Jennifer the librarian: Of course you are.

Frank: Well, this is more than late fees.

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jeffreystefano Jun 13, 2013

It was a nice story. I appreciated the theme of elderly isolationism. Langela played the role believably.

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