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Before I watched this movie, I looked up the reviews on IMDb. A few people gave it a good score, but many said it was crap. In fact, the ratings were so bad, I had to see for myself how bad it really was. I'm so glad I did. It was hilarious! Chris O'Dowd, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman & Chris Noth were all excellent! Chris O'Dowd is funny in pretty much any movie I've seen him in, but I actually hadn't seen Charlie Hunnam in anything except Sons of Anarchy before this. I was surprised at how marvellous both he and Ron Perlman were in a comedic role. Please don't be put off by all the negative reviews. If you aren't offended by sex talk or occasional nudity, I thoroughly recommend it. By the way, I'm a 57 year old grandmother! 7.5/10
This is another one of those little micro-budget comedies that you'll
probably only end up seeing if you really like one or two of the cast
members and then you'll quickly forget about when it's over. The
ensemble is great on paper, with reliable names like Charlie Hunnam,
Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan and Ron Perlman filling out the main roster
-- but it's just such a flat and forgettable journey. Hunnam is the
only one who brings much of a spark to his time on screen, but he's
often dragged down by the weakness of the script and the poorly written
characters around him. Not to say that his character is written any
better, he's just one big cliché of the constantly crapped on victim in
his '20s and the film doesn't ever try to remove him from that area.
Written and directed by Jordan Roberts, 3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom is mostly just a disappointment, as I found myself sitting and thinking about what kind of great under-the-radar comedy could have been created with such quality actors at its disposable. Instead this fits more in tune with that last word, an utterly disposable journey with no genuine laughs and maybe a few mild chuckles, primarily thanks to the few scenes with Hunnam and Ron Perlman, going majorly against type here as an ex-con in drag. I like this cast a whole lot and kept wanting it to deliver something worthy of their talents, but there's a reason this feels like it's been sitting on the shelf for years (given how Hunnam looks, it seems like it was shot at least half a decade ago).
Frankie goes boom, sometimes , to me , seems too "real" to be funny,
but at that same moment , it makes you laugh, ...so, ...hard to
It has a real "grittiness" to the humor,...I kept saying to myself, this is not going to be funny"...and then finding myself laughing ...
I am on my third watching, so it has my "re watcher" stamp, but still that feeling remains.
"franky goes boom' has the ability to make you uncomfortable, it also has the ability to make you laugh...
I definitely recommend "franky" as a comedy , but you REALLY need to have a sense of humor--if not , you wont enjoy.
It got a 7 out of ten rating , and a re watcher stamp from me .
I made the mistake of paying to watch this film. It is almost dreadful.
I say almost because the director has shown that he is able to employ
some useful examples of cinematography but almost everything else about
this film was bad. Bad script, bad acting, bad plot, utterly
However, the director has shown some promise, and having seen (and been impressed by) his earlier work I am confident that he can improve the quality of his work without having to resort to churning out bilge like this that impresses no-one. The film was billed as a gentle comedy, but i failed to see the humour. Indeed other members of the audience were laughing at times, but I can only put this down to the fact that the cinema allowed its customers to drink alcohol during the film!
Frankie does what great comedies do. The movie sets up a very
'unlikely' scenario through which the characters must find their way.
The movie doesn't shy away from many, if any of the social issues of
our day but Jordan Roberts has taken a very fresh approach and thus
each scene has both real hilarity and real humanity. Not enough can be
said of the cast. To a person they bring such good work. Stand outs are
the lead Charlie Hunnam, and his love interest Lizze Caplan. Of course,
both Chris Noth and Ron Perlman fill the screen with their scene
While clearly working with a small, indie budget Roberts and his team have created a quality film with tremendous production values, that can easily compete with movies that cost much more to make.
If you watch this as an "art film" instead of a blockbuster, it isn't a bad movie. It isn't a great movie either though. However, for SOA fans, it is worth watching just for Ron Perlman's performance - which was the best part of the film IMHO - and was by far the funniest parts. Charlie is good too, and as another reviewer said, it is good to see him outside his typical bad boy Jax role. I do think he is a relatable character in this movie - probably the only one really - though his character isn't as fully developed as it could have been. It seems like this was a much longer movie and was cut down...with some of the good parts missing. In the end, the movie had much more potential, but just doesn't live up to what I think the actors involved were actually capable of...it may just be that I don't appreciate the directing/editing as it is done.
Frank Bartlett (Charlie Hunnam) is constantly being humiliated by his
drug addicted douche brother Bruce (Chris O'Dowd). Bruce films all of
Frank's humiliation including an especially sorry episode of Frank's
failed wedding. Now in rehab, Bruce continues to film Frank's worst
moments as his film project. Frank has an embarrassing night with
Lassie (Lizzy Caplan) who has her own nightmare alcoholic crazy father
Jack (Chris Noth).
Bruce is a douche, and the problem is everybody enables him. It's as if Zach Galifianakis in the Hangover is treated as the hero. I don't understand why Jordan Roberts thinks it would work. And the fact that Frank is so inept makes him look pathetic. He really NEEDS to shoot his brother in the face.
I did like the chemistry between Charlie Hunnam and Lizzy Caplan. The scene in the shed was actually very funny and touching. Sadly, the rom-com was overshadowed by Bruce's doucheness. And Nora Dunn is especially horrible as the mom who sides completely with Bruce. OK don't shoot him, just put a bat to his face. At least in the Hangover, everybody knows Galifianakis is an idiot.
This movie was pretty mediocre, but had some nice moments. I found my
toes would start to curl at the pure stupidity of some of the actions
the characters take: if you like slapstick sex comedies and dumb
decisions, then your gonna love this movie. The interactions of the
family was entertaining and casting was quite good (Charlie and Chris
kinda actually look like brothers). A few plot holes and unexplained
events that weren't explicit enough, but it generally made sense and
was not to distracting.
Points: 2 points were given for good jokes. 2 points for sufficient characterization and plot development. 1 point for good pacing of movie. 1 point for Charlie Hunnam (hothothothot).
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A routine sex comedy, "3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom" revolves a young writer
whose life is ruined when an embarrassing video of him goes viral. He
attempts to get he video removed from the internet, but to no avail.
"Boom" is at its best when actor Ron Perlman is on screen. Cast against type, he plays a macho transvestite who's struggling with a gender reassignment operation. It's a bizarre role, but the rest of "Boom" isn't as funny or madcap as it thinks it is. The film co-stars the ravishing Lizzay Caplain and ragged Chris O'Dowd. It was written and directed by Jordan Roberts, who co-wrote "March of the Penguins".
6/10 - Worth one viewing.
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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