Robot and Frank 2012 PG-13 CC

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ROBOT & FRANK is a hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

Starring:
Frank Langella, James Marsden
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

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Robot and Frank

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Comedy
Director Jake Schreier
Starring Frank Langella, James Marsden
Supporting actors Liv Tyler, Peter Sarsgaard, Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Strong, Jeremy Sisto, Rachael Ma, Bonnie Bentley, Ana Gasteyer, Katherine Waterston, Dario Barosso, Joshua Ormond, James D. Compton, Dana Morgan, Susan Mitchell, Kurt Grelak, Jesse Newman
Studio Samuel Goldwyn Films
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

This was a very simple movie with great acting and strong story line.
Lee
It may be that I am not up to sped on using all the bells and whistles on my TV, but I did not get enough prior information about the storyline of this movie.
Jane Marek
It could have gone a different way, but after thinking about the ending, I can see why the movie makers may have gone this way.
Johnny 7

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Andy Orrock VINE VOICE on December 15, 2012
Format: DVD
I looked up yesterday at my AA in-flight movie and saw that they were screening 'Robot & Frank.' I immediately began buttonholing my seatmates: "This is a really good movie." I had the good fortune of catching it during its August 2012 big screen debut and thoroughly enjoyed it.

We sought it out for two reasons. First, my wife and I love Frank Langella. [Pro tip: Check out the vastly underrated Starting Out In The Evening.]

Second, I'd caught Mr. Langella talking most informatively about the film - and about his career on stage and screen - in an interview with Fresh Air's Dave Davies. The best part: when asked why he chose to participate in the film, Langella told a fascinating story about getting sent the script, liking it, but feeling it didn't fully depict the challenges facing a man in his eighth decade. He said that he asked for a meeting with director Jake Schreier and writer Christopher D. Ford (both 30-ish) so he could tell them "what [my seventies] feels like." Armed with that knowledge, they retooled the script to his liking and he took the role.

The supporting casting is as good as Langella. I like James Marsden in everything he does. He and Liv Tyler make a very believable brother-sister pair. They could be real-life siblings...and imagining them as the offspring of Langella isn't a stretch either. I can't delve any further into their on-screen parentage without ruining the movie's last-reel reveal. It's well worth 89 minutes of your day spending time with this family.

One final word: seen, but not heard, is Peter Sarsgaard, voice of Langella's servant/robot. He's not just reading words: he inhabits that robot. It's a brilliant vocal performance.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2012
Format: DVD
I saw the movie "Robot & Frank" in the theatre here in Cincinnati in early September. It's taken quite a long time for the DVD release to get listed on Amazon, but here we are finally.

"Robot & Frank" (2012 release, 89 min.) brings the story, set in upstate NY "in the near future" of Frank (played by Frank Langella) who is an ex-con (a "cat burglar" as Frank puts it) in the latter stage of his life when his memory fails him at times. Living alone has become a challenge and one day Frank's son buys him a robot who can be a do-it-all butler for Frank. Then a strange thing happens: after initially resisting the robot as much as possible, Frank discovers he actually likes the robot's help and, even more important, its companionship. Soon thereafter, Frank concots a plan to commit one last heist, with the help of the robot. At that point we are not even half-way into the movie, and to reveal more would certainly ruin your viewing experience. You'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: (i) the movie is a strange mix of a bitter-sweet family drama, character study, buddy movie, and comedy (of course not all at the same time), but the movie finds its own pace and somehow it all works; as a result, and knowing the general premise of the movie going in, I couldn't wait to see what would happen and how it would all end; (ii) speaking of the end of the movie, it came as quite the surprise, and certainly too abrupt for my liking; (iii) this is another great, great performance from Frank Langella, who seems to be getting better with age; (iv) on the contrary, most of the supporting cast, in particular Liv Tayler, felt forced, the one exception being Susan Sarandon as the local librarian.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mark Turner on June 25, 2013
Format: DVD
Frank Langella is an actor whose talents are rarely noted it seems. Some folks don't even know who you're talking about when his name is mentioned and that's a shame. Those of us old enough to remember will think of him as Dracula. A younger generation might consider him Nixon. The thing is he's been around turning out great performances for years and doesn't get the recognition that he deserves. His latest out on DVD proves that.

In ROBOT & FRANK Langella stars as Frank, an ex-jewel thief in the near future when things are changing as they always do. A cantankerous sort, Frank has been left by his kids to fend for himself away from family. They still try to make his life as comfortable as possible but at the same time have little to do with him. Case in point is the new item Frank's son Hunter (James Marsden) has brought to him.

To make sure that he's taken care of Hunter has just purchased a robot to be Frank's companion and caretaker. The robot has numerous responses programmed inside of him but at the same time develops his own somewhat personality the more time he spends with his new owner. At the same time he has a moral compass installed that makes him unlikely to be a partner should Frank ever decide to return to his old profession. At first confrontational Frank eventually accepts the little guy and they become friends of sort.

Frank spends his days doing little but he does enjoy the walks he takes into town especially to the local library. This partly involves his respect for the books on hand there but more to do with the local librarian Jennifer (Susan Sarandon) he takes a liking to. That will soon change as the young generation is dispensing the library of all its books to be replaced by computerized editions on hand and available at work stations.
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