Frank & Cindy is a deeply personal documentary about Frank Garcia, an 80's one-hit wonder musician, and his blonde bombshell wife Cindy, who makes him live in the basement.

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When Cindy married a rock star, Frank, in 1983 she imagined a life of glamour and GRAMMYS. But the song that propelled Frank to fame, Whirly Girl, would be the only chart-topper from his group, OXO. Years later, out of shape and nearly bankrupt after spending all his money on "gas, food, dry cleaning... and drugs", Frank is not the vision Cindy married. Desperate to resuscitate her dream, Cindy furnishes a new studio for Frank in hopes he'll record another hit. Instead, he'd rather drink. And now, twenty-three years after appearing on American Bandstand, Frank lives sequestered to the basement where he uses coffee cans for a toilet. In 2005, Cindy's filmmaker son G.J. begins documenting the situation. After a year of filming, what began as an attempt to mock his stepfather instead becomes a candid portrait on the pursuit of happiness. Written by Anonymous

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There is now a movie based on this couple: "Frank and Cindy" (2015), starring Oliver Platt and Rene Russo. See more »

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Features New American Bandstand 1965 (1952) See more »

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"Dance All Night' written by Freddie Alwag, Ish Ledesma (as Ismael Angel Ledesma) & Orlando J Nunez
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16 April 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Honestly, I didn't expect much going in to see this; a documentary about your parents? But I was never so glad to having seen a movie than after watching "Frank & Cindy".

It's extremely revealing, often by the characters who aren't aware of it. And there's so much to confess, it's both hilarious and heart-wrenching at the same time.

It's nearly cringe-worthy to see, in one scene, the filmmaker's mother left alone with the camera (smartly) still running on her, trying to figure out her life, her eyes darting back and forth like a panicked deer, to suddenly and quietly ask, "GJ (the filmmaker, her son), what am I going to do?"

There's so much about modern American life (or "This American Life", as the new Showtime show had a segment on this movie) in this feature; if you're a fan of REAL people (revealing unscripted, raw stuff, very UNlike reality TV), and can put up with some awkwardness (both with the film-making--a few frustrating camera angles/shots and some hard-to-hear sound parts--and the subjects themselves as they try to realize something, ANYTHING meaningful, but too afraid to look at the deeper problems in their lives), this flick is well worth your time.

It's nice to see some not-so-pretty things in movies sometimes.


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