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Robot and Frank

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Feb 12, 2013
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The adorable indie-comedy "Robot & Frank" is a crafty look at how friendships can come from the most unlikely of places. In the context of this charmer by director Jake Schreier and writer Christoher Ford, that relationship develops between a mentally ailing former thief named Frank (Frank Langella) and his helper robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard).

The two don’t hit it off at first, but an odd bond develops between the two giving a lonely old man someone to talk to and the robot to get his first taste of possible (?) humanity. Susan Sarandon adds more class as a librarian who befriends Frank, and James Marsden and Liv Tyler play his adult children.

While the ending is a bit abrupt and not as fulfilling as it could have been, this is a wholly entertaining small film that will delight even the most grumpy of critics.

The only special features are commentary by the writer and director, as well as a photo gallery of the Robot posters created to advertise the film.

"Robot & Frank"
DVD
$30.99
www.sonypictures.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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