History Film / RobotAndFrank

17th Sep '15 12:15:53 PM FuzzyBoots
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Frank Weld is a retired thief and con man living a quiet life in small town [[NextSundayAD in the near future]], slowly succumbing to a combination of boredom, loneliness, and the onset of Alzheimer's. To address the situation, his son Hunter bestows upon him a [[RobotMaid robot living assistant]] to help take care of him. Despite his initial antagonism towards Robot, Frank eventually warms up to it as he realizes it can be easily manipulated to his will. Meanwhile, the town library is being reformatted, the old paper books are being replaced and old librarian fired in lieu of a "AugmentedReality library experience". Frank decides to teach his new friend all the old tricks he knew about crime and together they perform a series of capers.
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Frank Weld is a retired thief and con man living a quiet life in small town [[NextSundayAD in the near future]], slowly succumbing to a combination of boredom, loneliness, and the onset of Alzheimer's. To address the situation, his son Hunter bestows upon him a [[RobotMaid robot living assistant]] to help take care of him. Despite his initial antagonism towards Robot, Frank eventually warms up to it as he realizes it can be easily manipulated to his will. Meanwhile, the town library is being reformatted, the old paper books are being replaced replaced, and the old librarian fired in lieu favor of a "AugmentedReality library experience". Frank decides to teach his new friend all the old tricks he knew about crime and together they perform a series of capers.

* TheCaper
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* TheCaperTheCaper: The middle part of the film is Frank planning the caper with Robot.

* ChekhovsGun: The little hummels Frank was shoplifting.
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* ChekhovsGun: The little hummels Hummel figurines Frank was shoplifting.

* FriendlyEnemy: The sheriff is basically a fanboy of Frank's previous criminal exploits. He even asks Frank to come on as a consultant to catch the criminal burglarizing the neighborhood (who is of course Frank and the robot). [[spoiler: He's also GenreSavvy enough to put Frank's house under surveillance immediately after talking to Frank and seeing that the Robot can move quickly and precisely.]]
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* FriendlyEnemy: The sheriff is basically a fanboy of Frank's previous criminal exploits. He even asks Frank to come on as a consultant to catch the criminal burglarizing the neighborhood (who is is, of course course, Frank and the robot). [[spoiler: He's also GenreSavvy enough to put Frank's house under surveillance immediately after talking to Frank and seeing that the Robot can move quickly and precisely.]]

* NameAndName
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* NameAndNameNameAndName: ''Robot and Frank''

* SelfDestructMechanism: Parodied.
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* SelfDestructMechanism: Parodied. Robot threatens its use twice to get people to run away, but it's a bluff each time.

** The library robot is named [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr Darcy]]
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** The library robot is named [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr Mr. Darcy]]
20th May '15 4:43:14 PM Psi001
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* ArtisticLicense-Law: At no point in his investigation of Frank does the sheriff display a warrant. Jake claims they have probable cause, but that is somewhat doubtful. Also, it seems unlikely that the police would allow a victim of a crime to accompany and assist with the investigation of a suspect
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* ArtisticLicense-Law: At no point in his investigation of Frank does the sheriff display a warrant. Jake claims they have probable cause, but that is somewhat doubtful. Also, it seems unlikely that the police would allow a victim of a crime to accompany and assist with the investigation of a suspect suspect.

* ArtisticLicense-Law: At no point in BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Robot gets his investigation of memory erased and is supposedly disposed of, while Frank does the sheriff display gets put into a warrant. Jake claims they have probable cause, but that is somewhat doubtful. Also, it seems unlikely that the police would allow a victim of a crime to accompany and assist home with his condition only getting worse. He is on much closer terms with his family however. He also buries the investigation of a suspect priceless jewelry in the garden for his son to have.]]

* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Holy crap. Robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home... though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again. He also buries the priceless jewelry in the garden for his son to have.]]
9th May '15 9:01:05 AM AnotherGuy
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Holy crap. Robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home... though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again.]]
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Holy crap. Robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home... though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again. He also buries the priceless jewelry in the garden for his son to have.]]
22nd Apr '15 12:17:12 PM AnotherGuy
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* ChekhovsGun: The little hummels Frank was shoplifting.
31st Jan '15 3:42:56 PM KentuckyTroper1990
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Holy crap. Robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home... though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again.]]
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* [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Holy [[spoiler:Holy crap. Robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home... though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again.]]

* [[spoiler: NewOldFlame]]: [[spoiler: Frank and Jennifer, though he didn't remember.]]
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* [[spoiler: NewOldFlame]]: NewOldFlame: [[spoiler: Frank and Jennifer, though he didn't remember.]]
14th Jan '15 9:47:42 PM Scabbard
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* FriendlyEnemy: The sheriff is basically a fanboy of Frank's previous criminal exploits. He even asks Frank to come on as a consultant to catch the criminal burglarizing the neighborhood (who is of course Frank and the robot) [[spoiler: He's also GenreSavvy enough to put Frank's house under surveillance immediately after talking to Frank and seeing that the Robot can move quickly and precisely.]]
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* FriendlyEnemy: The sheriff is basically a fanboy of Frank's previous criminal exploits. He even asks Frank to come on as a consultant to catch the criminal burglarizing the neighborhood (who is of course Frank and the robot) robot). [[spoiler: He's also GenreSavvy enough to put Frank's house under surveillance immediately after talking to Frank and seeing that the Robot can move quickly and precisely.]]
14th Jan '15 9:45:40 PM Scabbard
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* HeroicSacrifice: an unusual example, where [[spoiler:Robot insists on having its memory wiped so it can't be used to incriminate Frank.]]
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* HeroicSacrifice: an An unusual example, where [[spoiler:Robot insists on having its memory wiped so it can't be used to incriminate Frank.]]
16th Jun '14 10:14:58 PM rjung
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* ConMan: Frank is a retired one.

* EverythingIsOnline: Frank downloads the plans of the house he wants to burgle from the architect's website.
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* EverythingIsOnline: Frank downloads the plans of the house he wants to burgle from the architect's website.
16th Jun '14 10:05:00 PM rjung
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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The film's trailer gives away all of the major aspects of the plot, though the film is more worthwhile for Frank Langella's performance than anything else.

* WhatTheHellHero: Hunter to Frank when he finds out he's been stealing again.
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* WhatTheHellHero: Hunter to Frank when he finds out he's been stealing again.
16th Jun '14 10:02:46 PM rjung
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Frank is a retired thief and con man living a quiet life in small town [[NextSundayAD in the near future]], when his son bestows him a RobotBuddy to help him. Despite his initial indifference to the robot, Frank eventually warms up to it. Meanwhile, the town library is being reformatted, the old paper books are being replaced and old librarian fired in lieu of a "AugmentedReality library experience". Frank decides to teach his new friend all the old tricks he knew about crime and together they perform a series of capers.
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Frank Weld is a retired thief and con man living a quiet life in small town [[NextSundayAD in the near future]], when slowly succumbing to a combination of boredom, loneliness, and the onset of Alzheimer's. To address the situation, his son Hunter bestows upon him a RobotBuddy [[RobotMaid robot living assistant]] to help take care of him. Despite his initial indifference to the robot, antagonism towards Robot, Frank eventually warms up to it.it as he realizes it can be easily manipulated to his will. Meanwhile, the town library is being reformatted, the old paper books are being replaced and old librarian fired in lieu of a "AugmentedReality library experience". Frank decides to teach his new friend all the old tricks he knew about crime and together they perform a series of capers. capers. ----

Frank is a retired thief and con man living a quiet life in small town [[NextSundayAD in the near future]], when his son bestows him a RobotBuddy to help him. Despite his initial indifference to the robot, Frank eventually warms up to it. Meanwhile, the town library is being reformatted, the old paper books are being replaced and old librarian fired in lieu of a "AugmentedReality library experience". Frank decides to teach his new friend all the old tricks he knew about crime and together they perform a series of capers.

* AIIsACrapshoot: Frank thinks so anyway, and initially believes that it'll kill him in his sleep.
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Frank thinks so anyway, and initially believes that it'll Robot will kill him in his sleep.

* ChekhovsGag: The SelfDestructMechanism. When some kids are poking at the robot early on, Frank tells him to say "Initiating self-destruct" and then count down from ten. [[spoiler: When the police bust Frank's house and decide to download the robot's memory it does exactly that and scares the cops into fleeing.]]
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* ChekhovsGag: The SelfDestructMechanism. When some kids are poking at the robot Robot early on, Frank tells him to say "Initiating self-destruct" and then count down from ten. [[spoiler: When the police bust Frank's house and decide to download the robot's memory Robot's memory, it does exactly that and scares the cops into fleeing.]]

* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When the robot [[spoiler: has his memory erased]], it [[DiedInYourArmsTonight looks like he's dying.]] * DoAndroidsDream: In the beginning, Frank's robot tell him that, if he fails, he'll be sent back to the factory to get his mind erased, which he hopes to avoid. [[spoiler:It's later revealed the robot doesn't care about his memories, he just said that to coerce Frank. As he himself points out, he's not really alive, just an advanced simulation.]] * [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Holy crap. The robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home. Though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again.]] * EstablishingCharacterMoment: The beginning scene shows the audience Frank's two major characteristics: we see him robbing a house at night, revealing his role as a catburgler. But then it's revealed through a framed picture[[spoiler: that he's "robbing" his own house in a moment of dementia.]]
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When the robot Robot [[spoiler: has his its memory erased]], it [[DiedInYourArmsTonight looks like he's it's dying.]] * DoAndroidsDream: In the beginning, Frank's robot tell him Robot tells Frank that, if he fails, he'll it fails to care for Frank, it will be sent back to the factory to get his its mind erased, which he it hopes to avoid. [[spoiler:It's later revealed the robot that Robot doesn't care about his its memories, he it just said that to coerce Frank. Frank into cooperating. As he himself Robot itself points out, he's it's not really alive, but just an advanced simulation.]] * [[spoiler: DownerEnding: Holy crap. The robot Robot gets his memory erased and Frank gets put into a home. Though home... though he does seem to have a relationship with his wife again.]] * EstablishingCharacterMoment: The beginning scene shows the audience Frank's two major characteristics: we see him robbing a house at night, revealing his role as a catburgler. But then it's revealed through a framed picture[[spoiler: that picture [[spoiler:that he's "robbing" his own house in a moment of dementia.]]

* FriendlyEnemy: The sheriff is basically a fanboy of Frank's previous criminal exploits. He even asks Frank to come on as a consultant to catch the criminal burglarizing the neighborhood (who is of course Frank and the robot) [[spoiler: He's also GenreSavvy enough to put Frank's house under surveillance immediately after talking to Frank and seeing that the Robot can move quickly and precisely]]
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* FriendlyEnemy: The sheriff is basically a fanboy of Frank's previous criminal exploits. He even asks Frank to come on as a consultant to catch the criminal burglarizing the neighborhood (who is of course Frank and the robot) [[spoiler: He's also GenreSavvy enough to put Frank's house under surveillance immediately after talking to Frank and seeing that the Robot can move quickly and precisely]]precisely.]]

* HeroicSacrifice: an unusual example, where [[spoiler: the robot insists on having his memory wiped, so it can't be used to incriminate Frank.]] * {{Hypocrite}}: Frank's daughter, who is against using robots, eventually gives in and turns Frank's back on to clean the kitchen (after he makes a truly incredible mess to force her to do just that).
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* HeroicSacrifice: an unusual example, where [[spoiler: the robot [[spoiler:Robot insists on having his its memory wiped, wiped so it can't be used to incriminate Frank.]] * {{Hypocrite}}: Frank's daughter, who is against using robots, eventually gives in and turns Frank's robot back on to clean the kitchen (after he makes a truly incredible mess to force her to do just that).

* JustAMachine: Frank insists that the robot is his friend, but his kids act like he's just a machine and the robot keeps reminding Frank that he's "not a real person". Frank gets angry when Madison treats the robot like a slave rather than a person.
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* JustAMachine: Frank insists that the robot Robot is his friend, but his kids act like he's it's just a machine machine, and the robot Robot keeps reminding Frank that he's "not a real person". Frank gets angry when Madison treats the robot like a slave rather than a person.

* JustAMachine: Frank insists that the robot is his friend, but his kids act like MenCantKeepHouse: When he's just a machine and the robot keeps reminding Frank that he's "not a real person". Frank gets angry when Madison treats the robot like a slave rather than a person.living by himself, Frank's home is fairly slovenly.

* OddCouple: The titular Frank and robot * OneLastJob: Averted. Frank wants to use the robot for more than one job - burglary is much more stimulating than gardening. He meant to retire at 30, but was then imprisoned for tax evasion.
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* OddCouple: The titular Frank and robot Robot * OneLastJob: Averted. Frank wants to use the robot Robot for more than one job - -- burglary is much more stimulating than gardening. He meant to retire at 30, but was then imprisoned for tax evasion.

** [[spoiler: The robot wiping his memory for his human companion is very reminiscent of the ending of ''Film/{{Moon}}'']].
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** [[spoiler: The A robot wiping his its memory for his its human companion is very reminiscent of the ending of ''Film/{{Moon}}'']].

* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Madison turns the robot off by whispering its password to it. She won't tell Frank the password, but he expects that it will be something simple like 1-2-3-4.
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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Discussed; Madison turns the robot Robot off by whispering its password to it. She won't tell Frank the password, but he expects that it will be something simple like 1-2-3-4.

* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Is that you? Is that me?"]] * WhatTheHellHero: Hunter to Frank when he finds out he's been stealing again.
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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Is [[spoiler:"Is that you? Is that me?"]] ''me?''"]] * WhatTheHellHero: Hunter to Frank when he finds out he's been stealing again.
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