Robot & Frank, a Futuristic Movie About Aging at Home

A futuristic story about aging

Robot & Frank is a movie that takes place in the near future. It’s a story about Frank (Frank Langella), a 70 year old retired cat burglar, and his robot helper. His two adult children are concerned about his failing memory and poor lifestyle — signs of dementia.

Instead of placing Frank in a nursing home, his son Hunter (James Marsden) buys him a human-like robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) that’s programmed to improve his physical and mental health.


Frank gets a robot

Even though he wasn’t a great father, Frank’s kids obviously care about him. His daughter Madison (Liv Tyler) video-phones him on the large screen above the fireplace from halfway around the world. Hunter visits once a week, making a 10 hour round trip drive.

Hunter is worried about his father, but the long commute is wearing on him, so he decides to buy a robot aide. The VGC-60L healthcare aide is a talking robot programmed to cook, clean, and get Frank on a healthy routine.

Frank is resistant to the robot right off the bat, saying “You have got to be kidding me, that thing is going to murder me in my sleep.” Frank eventually accepts the robot and later, considers it a friend.


Everyone needs a purpose

Frank’s usual routine takes him to the local library, where he chats with the librarian, played by Susan Sarandon. They become interested in each other and go to a party where Frank gets the idea for a final, glorious jewel heist. He teaches the robot to become his literal “partner in crime” and works toward his goal with purpose. The robot even comments “I’m glad to see you so enthusiastic.”


Bottom line

This is an entertaining movie that takes a more light-hearted look at aging. It shows different sides of Frank’s personality and behavior. And, as many dementia caregivers can appreciate, Frank can go from being totally lost in his own home to clever and convincing when talking with the local sheriff.


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By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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