Robot And Frank has the winsome Frank Langella (Unknown) delivering again in the twilight of his career as a divorced and retired jewel thief set in the "near future" in Cold Harbor, NY.
His crotchety Frank has trouble remembering things so his frustrated son (James Marsden) sets him up with an upbeat, if stringent talking robot of a caretaker (well vocalized by Peter Sarsgaard).
Frank isn't keen to his new electronic companion (nice contrast to Hal-9000) until he realizes Robot's computer memory can be used against against an invidious young millionaire (Jeremy Strong) intent on making his local library into a community center.
Deft work by scribe C.D. Ford pivots on what action Frank will take after getting the most out of his new friend. Empathetic first-time direction by Jake Schreier allows a stalwart veteran Langella to dominate nearly every scene in what is a thoughtful rumination on aging. Susan Sarandon is an amicable librarian closest to Frank other than Robot, while Liv Tyler is Frank's globetrotting daughter not liked by Robot and Jeremy Sisto as the dogged, if goofy sheriff on the case. Robot And Frank may not last in theaters very long, but it has a heartfelt charm, especially most for retirees.