Common Sense Media says

Offbeat sci-fi buddy movie isn't likely to attract teens.

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(out of 4 reviews)
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Kid, 10 years old January 23, 2014

robot an frank

awesome good for kids 6 and up
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byBestPicture1996 November 2, 2013

Light film with heavy topics!

"Robot & Frank" is a clever bromance movie, though this bromance happens to be between an old curmudgeon and his robotic assistant. Instead of offering broad laughs (old people are bad at new things, HAHA) this movie examines society's dependence on technology, how well we can change ourselves, and the extent we go to find friendship. Langella's stubbornly amazing as the titular character, and Saarsgard's voice, while remaining artificial, has enough humor in it to carry Robot's innocently hilarious remarks. This is a little gem that needs way more attention.
Teen, 15 years old Written byFishynmn May 27, 2014

Flawed but witty future-set dramedy has mixed messages.

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. ___________________________________________________________________ *Spoiler starts here!* 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. *Spoiler ends here!* __________________________________________________________________ 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.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove January 6, 2014

Refreshingly down-to-earth!!

Super cute movie! Terrific acting and great cast. It says to be a comedy but it's more of a sweet drama with a kick of humor, it's heartfelt and charming. We meet a grumpy 'ole elderly man named Frank (Frank Langella) who is an ex-jewel thief living in New York and is also slowly losing his mind to Alzheimer's. He lives alone and spends his days going to the library where he likes to flirt with the easy-going librarian Jennifer (Susan Sarandon) and shoplift soaps and antiques from a shop just beside that. He frequently video-chats with his grown son Hunter (James Marsden) and daughter Madison (Liv Tyler) until Hunter drops by to introduce his dad to a robot butler that is designed to take care of Frank and can also wash dishes, vacuum, make meals...etc just like a real-life caregiver. At first, Frank declines and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous, but Hunter won't take no for an answer. Soon, Frank realizes how convenient it would be to use the no-name robot as his partner in crime, which he does, and soon the two are planning burglaries which Frank claims to help keep him occupied, he seems to also highly enjoy it, but it can only last so long. Such a sweet story that I think teens will not be interested in, it seems to be directed at more of an older audience. The language has an f-word toward the beginning of the film, some uses of sh*t, bullsh*t, b*tch, b@sterds, d@mn, @sshole. Violence includes an elderly man being chased down by cops, a man is a thief and is shown stealing certain valuables and often talking about his next plan, a man makes a woman cry when he intentionally has a "kitchen fit" throwing everything out of the shelves and cereal in her face, references to a bomb going off. Sexual content is very mild with some cute flirting and an innocent kiss, one super-quick scene of a couple heavily kissing through a window. There's some adult drinking during social gatherings. Perfectly fine for 12 and up but better suited to adult viewers I think.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing