Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Robot & Frank

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Robot & Frank

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Directed by Jake Schreler (Samuel Goldwyn Films, 2012)


Christopher Ford and Jake Schreier's film is a quirky, amusing, and occasionally honest caper comedy about an aging burglar who mistakenly breaks into his own home. Frank (Frank Langella) is a former second-story man no longer capable of keeping his own house in order. The milk in the fridge is sour, the rooms are littered with junk, and Frank keeps forgetting that all his favorite eateries have long since closed.

In addition to what may be more than a touch of dementia, Frank suffers from a lifetime habit of grouchiness, which he exhibits each time his son Hunter (James Marsden) shows up dutifully for a weekly visit.

There is an endearing side to this curmudgeonly cat burglar that surfaces most clearly in his regular visits to the local library. Here Frank replenishes his supply of books and flirts with the charming librarian, Jennifer (Susan Sarandon). …

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