Robot & Frank is an Asimov-ian robot sci-fi inflected romantic dramedy which doubles as a one-last-score heist flick. Jake Schreier's Sundance hit (it won the Alfred P. Sloan prize at this year festival (an award previously given out to Another Earth, Grizzly Man and Primer) and it has a rock-solid cast including Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Sisto and the voice of Peter Saarsgard.
Set sometime in the future, Robot & Frank is a delightful dramatic comedy, a buddy picture, and, for good measure, a heist film. Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian. His grown children are concerned about their father's well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support--like nutritious meals and a clean house--and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robot's assistance, Frank's passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse.
So is the final verdict based on the trailer cute, odd curio, or is there depth here? Our own Alex Koehne liked it a fair bit after he dug under the surface of the thing.
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