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3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom -- A raucous, off-the-rails comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, a TV star, a brand new woman, an angel... Oh, and a pig.
3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom -- Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated by his brother Bruce -- usually on film -- his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.
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  (in credits order)

Charlie Hunnam ... Frankie

Nora Dunn ... Mom (Karen)

Sam Anderson ... Dad (Chris)

Chris O'Dowd ... Bruce

Kate Luyben ... Dharma

Chris Noth ... Jack

Lizzy Caplan ... Lassie

Whitney Cummings ... Claudia
Oliver Ham Austin ... Pig

David Marciano ... David

Sarah Rush ... Natalie

Frank Alvarez ... Cholo
Ray Chavez ... Grandfather (as Ramon 'Ray' Chavez)

Leonard Kelly-Young ... Arthur

Jordan Black ... Kip

Adam Pally ... Brandon
James Mitchell Miller ... Sydney
Sophia Curran ... Blushing Intern

Ron Perlman ... Phyllis

Justin Dray ... Guy in Park

Marcel Langenegger ... Taxi Driver

Directed by
Jordan Roberts 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jordan Roberts  screenplay

Produced by
Pavlina Hatoupis .... producer
Michael Hofacre .... associate producer
Julie Kirkham .... executive producer
Marcel Langenegger .... producer
Elliott Lewitt .... executive producer
Katayoun A. Marciano .... producer
Frank Strick .... associate producer
Original Music by
Mateo Messina  (as Matt Messina)
Cinematography by
Mattias Troelstrup 
Film Editing by
Michael Hofacre 
Casting by
Wendy O'Brien 
Production Design by
Michael Fitzgerald 
Art Direction by
Rodrigo Cabral 
Set Decoration by
Siobhan O'Brien 
Costume Design by
Ann Foley 
Makeup Department
Brittania Denison .... key makeup artist (as Brittania Perri)
Lorraine Martin .... makeup department head
Miko Nishida .... department head hairstylist
Production Management
J.B. Popplewell .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stuart B. Hagen .... second assistant director
Van Hayden .... first assistant director
Jennifer Herman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Terra Haywood .... set dresser
Lorraine Martin .... puppet maker
Sam Widaman .... property master
Sound Department
David Bach .... sound re-recording mixer
Omar Barraza .... boom operator
Phil Barrie .... sound effects editor
Phil Barrie .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Bourgeois .... assistant sound editor
Kevin Faber .... boom operator
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Judah Getz .... adr mixer
Timothy D. McKeown .... dialogue editor
Matthew Sanchez .... sound mixer
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Koby Azarly .... stunt rigger
Bryant Burnett .... stunt rigger
Eddie Davenport .... stunt double: Chris O'Dowd
Talia K. Dillingham .... stunt double: Lizzy Caplan
Duke Jackson .... stunt double: Charlie Hunnam
Julius LeFlore .... stunt coordinator
Scott Leva .... stunt coordinator
Lou Simon .... stunt coordinator
Omid Zader .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Aaron Biller .... additional first assistant camera
Nicholas Bupp .... electrician
Kimberly Culotta .... electrician
David Edsall .... first assistant camera
Michael Garcia .... key grip
Martin Lerche .... gaffer
Erica Mckee .... second assistant camera
Salvador Vega .... first assistant camera
Tom Wood .... lighting technician
Adam Dorris .... camera intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Chris Gehrt .... casting associate
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liz Oliver .... costume assistant
Stevie Sterman .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Todd Kolker .... post-production supervisor
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music supervisor
Oren Hadar .... scoring mixer
Shane Hayes .... music editor: Temp. Score
Alison Litton .... music supervisor
Joshua Winget .... supervising music editor
Transportation Department
Anastasia Levine .... transportation captain
Lauren Levine .... transportation coordinator
Raymond Martin .... driver
Other crew
Ian Allegro .... production intern
Sarah Boyce .... production intern
Tiffany Boyle .... sales executive
Erika Canchola .... production attorney
Erin Connarn .... script supervisor
Sara Correa .... production assistant
Matthew Derba .... production coordinator
Sendeu Flippin .... key set production assistant
Bryn Scott Hubbard .... assistant location manager (as Bryn Hubbard)
Marq Massengale .... production assistant (as Marques Massengale)
David McNayr .... production assistant
Tara Jean O'Brien .... location manager
Justin Papazian .... production intern
Elsa Ramo .... production and distribution legal attorney
Elsa Ramo .... production attorney
Ben Robertson .... production assistant
Scott Sheppard .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Frankie Go Boom" - USA (original title)
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89 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Few Fun Moments but It Tries Too Hard, 3 August 2013
Author: brando647 from Spring Hill, FL

Every so often, you'll find a fun little independent comedy that comes along and blows every mainstream, nation-wide release out of the water for that year. FRANKIE GO BOOM is not one of these movies. It is a comedy and it does have a little bit of fun to it, but for the most part the movie is one of those middle of the road mediocre comedies that will easily find itself forgotten before it's ever really noticed. This is what makes FRANKIE GO BOOM so disappointing: it's not good and it's not bad enough to be fun. Watching this movie, I cracked a few smiles and might have even chuckled a few times but, when I try to remember any particular standout moment from the movie, I only come up with the nightmarish image of Ron Perlman's butt. This is not the response a good comedy wants from its audience. For those unaware, FRANKIE GO BOOM is about a writer (the titular Frankie, played by Charlie Hunnam) and his ex-drug addict, aspiring filmmaker brother Bruce (Chris O'Dowd). Frankie is called home from his isolated trailer in the middle of Death Valley, where he lives after having been humiliated at his own wedding by his brother. Bruce has spent his entire life tormenting his brother on film, and Frankie is horrified to discover that his brother hasn't given up his film obsession. He almost believes that Bruce might've changed his ways but a chance meeting with a beautiful woman (Lizzy Caplan) and a night of problematic loving leads to the realization that Bruce might've caught the entire embarrassing event on tape. And soon that tape makes its to the Internet and the hands of Bruce's unstable fellow recovering addict (Chris Noth) who happens to be that woman's father. Prepare for a forgettable adventure as Frankie and Bruce try to stop that tape from ruining Frankie's budding relationship or, you know, getting them killed at the hands of a violent psychopath.

I needed a second viewing to determine that this movie wasn't just offensively boring. There are a few funny moments here. I don't remember exactly where they were though. The movie is filled with things that expected to be funny, just because. You might need an example to understand what I'm talking about: Jack, Bruce's addict/actor friend, owns a pet pig. Pigs are funny, yes? Not enough? All right, the pig is launched into a pool and proceeds to throw up on Frankie before his date with Lassie (Lizzy Caplan's character, not the collie). There's no real joke. Just a pig nearly drowning and then puking on Frankie. I get the same vibe from Ron Perlman's character, a post-op transgender ex-convict named Phyllis. We're supposed to laugh because it's Rob Perlman, an admittedly rough-looking dude, in drag. Very bad drag. Phyllis goes on to chat about his/her former genitals kept in a jar and becoming very upset when Frankie doesn't want to see them. This is the whole joke: a particularly unattractive transgender person pushing an uncomfortable man into seeing his pickled junk. There are a lot of little moments like this in the movie, and it doesn't make for a real laugh-out-loud sort of comedy.

It's a shame this movie is so tame because the ingredients are all there for a real fun time. Chris O'Dowd is great. I've been catch more and more of his work since first seeing him as the love interest in BRIDESMAIDS (for the record, the BBC's "The IT Crowd" is great). The problem with his character Bruce is that he's, you know, a sociopath. You almost become as frustrated watching him as Frankie does dealing with him. I find it hard to believe that Bruce doesn't understand the problem with what he does. He becomes a caricature. So does Frankie. Frankie (Hunnam) is pretty one-dimensional. He's just the 'frustrated sibling'… grumbling, sighing, and throwing his hands into the air in exasperation. He doesn't bring anything interesting to the character, though I imagine that's more the writer/director Jordan Roberts' fault. There is no depth to the characters and the movie plods along from gag to gag while eliciting no more than a few chuckles. FRANKIE GOES BOOM wants to be a comedy in the vein of HAROLD & KUMAR but it doesn't come close. The one element of the film that goes so far as to aggravate me is the nonsensical resolution. We spend the entire movie with these two clowns as they chase down anyone that might be able to help them take the movie off-line and prevent Jack from seeing it, and the ending we're given makes no sense whatsoever. I can tell Roberts must have had some problems coming up with a good ending for his movie, so he had a few drinks to help him finish it and just shot whatever ramblings he woke up to in the morning.

FRANKIE GO BOOM is a movie that has come and gone before most people probably had a chance to realize it existed. There is a lot of potential here and it sucks to see it go nowhere, especially when there are some talent people in the cast. Frankie doesn't go boom because FRANKIE is, well, a dud.

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