Stories about robots have been assembled in many forms over the years. This is one of the few stories about a friendly robot who continues to be friendly. This is, in fact, a story about friendship. Actor Frank Langella plays the titular character of Frank, a one-time thief struggling with Alzheimer's Disease. His impatient son, played by James Marsden, buys him a butler/nurse robot while his free-spirit daughter is really worried about how the robot's “inhumanity” will affect her father.
Frank Langella's Frank is a man of complete denial. He does not want to believe that his mental condition is fading away at an alarming rate. He still recalls his glory days as a thief (a very interesting aspect to his memory) and he does not want the robot helping him whatsoever. This all changes when Frank realizes the robot has the capacity to learn... how to steal. In a youthful spur of excitement, Frank makes Robot his partner in crime and relive the days when he was happy. Jake Schreier's near-future tale of friendship is a very touching exercise in the pursuit of happiness. If Frank thinks Robot can help him be happy, then his memory and health will improve. If Frank thinks that he can gain the confidence again to talk to attractive librarian Susan Sarandon, he will make a move. If Frank thinks that he can outrun the law once again, he will damn sure try.
One of the most interesting ironies to the film concerns Robot and his own memory. If Frank were to get caught, Robot suggests his memory may be used again him as evidence against him. If Robot suggests that Frank may have to neutralize this problem, then has Robot truly learned about humanity's great sense of self-sacrifice in the name of friendship?