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Year: 2012
USA: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Cast: Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Sisto, Jeremy Strong
Director: Jake Schreier
Country: USA
USA: 93 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some language
USA Release Date: 17 August 2012 (Limited Release)


"Friendship doesn't have an off switch."

Set in the near future, ROBOT & FRANK is a story about memory and identity, family and friendship. Frank Weld (Frank Langella), an aging dad and a retired jewel thief, is losing his memory. His only friend, Jennifer (Susan Sarandon), the town librarian, enjoys his company while sadly indulging his memory slips. His grown-up children, Hunter (James Marsden) and Madison (Liv Tyler) are having trouble taking care of their dad, so Hunter does what any caring son does in the near future: installs a caretaker robot in his home.

Unfortunately, Frank is none too pleased by his new helper, finding his presence unnerving and alien. In his old age, Frank is uncomfortable with most technology; the robot’s presence is, at first, annoying, and surreal. And yet, the robot quickly proves himself to be more than a machine or appliance. His programming is sophisticated; his demeanour is kind. He is, for all intents and purposes, a rational, caring friend. His advice and requirements that Frank eat healthier and exercise more, gradually succeed at improving Frank’s health and well-being.

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