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Matinee Thursdays:Robot and Frank
Frank Langella, James Marsden, Susan Sarandon
Sony Pictures; Directed by Jake Schreier
Rated PG-13; 89 minutes; 2012
Set in the near future, Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and heartwarming story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.