Frank Langella plays Frank, a grouchy former jewel thief with absent, grown-up children (James Marsden and Liv Tyler) who worry about his memory-loss and invest in a robot butler, as much to soothe their own conscience as to ensure their father’s care. Immediately suspicious of his new companion, Frank’s sulky protestations soon turn conspiratorial when he realises that the robot’s skills can be useful for more than just the housework. Frank’s crush on the local librarian (Susan Sarandon) turns protective when a wealthy local developer threatens to acquire their beloved library. The old cat-burglar and his shiny new companion (superbly voiced by Peter Skarsgaard) hatch a cunning revenge plan. Set in bucolic upstate New York, in a ‘near future’ that bears a remarkable resemblance to ‘now’ (with a few glossy technological improvements), Jake Schreier’s wholly inventive riff on odd-couple comedy is also a poignant mediation on ageing and loneliness.
- Jake Schreier
- Frank Langella, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeremy Strong
- 89 Mins