Robot and Frank is a smart, hip, buddy drama-comedy set in the near future. The acting is top-notch and it's funny, quirky, and rarely drags. It also unfolds some dramatic plot-twists and surprisingly heartfelt moments by its end. Robot & Frank could have actually made an excellent family movie if the screenplay would have diminished the frequent profanity from the script. Without the profanity, it is almost a family-friendly movie. Language includes:
- 1 use of the phrase "f--k this s--t".__________________________________
- a handful of other uses of "s--t".____________________________________
- five or six uses of "g-d--n"._________________________________________
- Two profane uses of "Jesus"._______________________________________
- Uses of "b---h", "b--t--d", a--, etc throughout.________________________
What makes Robot & Frank exspecailly not for impressionable kids is the mixed morality exposed within. Characters steal from others with no moral consequence. Frank, even the Robot, lie. Police authority is mocked by the dumb police men. Frank is notably very rude to his kids at times.
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The ending of Robot & Frank should be specifically noted. After having stole up to millions of dollars worth of jewelry from a young couples house, the police authorities begin to watch Frank's house. After destroying all the physical evidence from his house, he finds out that there is only one piece of evidence remaining, and that is the Robot's memory. After being trapped in his room with the robot, he reluctantly erases his best friend's memory. Frank is then put in a memory center and remembers apparently very little of what had happened. He had got away clean with his robbery.
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That ending ultimately says that you can give up on your friends if it means you'll turn out clean in the end. And like I mentioned earlier, there is a lot of lying, stealing, and trickery that go on with zero moral consequence.
Overall, Robot & Frank is not for children or impressionable teens, as far as language, and moral choices. There is good that can be taken from Robot & Frank, however, you have to know if your teen can thoroughly sort the good Morals and the mixed worldview. Also, it is doubtful too many teenagers will be interested in Robot & Frank anyways. Older teenagers and adults will appreciate it for the good movie it is much more.