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I can't say enough good things about this charming little film, but I'll try: Frank Langella is a disagreeable, aging cat burglar with dementia whose son James Marsden buys him a robot companion. Daughter Liv Tyler checks in on picture phone from Turkmenistan to see how he is doing periodically, and Susan Sarandon is a friendly librarian whose library is being updated and all her books are being shipped out. Luddite Langella of course hates the sight of the robot but quickly finds its robot brain is ideal at picking locks, and thereby hangs the tale.
I think this is almost the best science fiction film of the millenium, though I think Children of Men edges it out slightly. Good sci-fi comedies are rare, but this one is extremely funny. In addition, its writing is so fine that there is no way to predict exactly what is going to happen. There are a few points at which those who like to pick things apart will have things to grumble about, but on the whole it obeys its own rules very well. And it's emotionally very moving as it reaches its final laps.
86% at Rotten Tomatoes. Just go see it. It will make your day.