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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful:


Author: purplewombat1923 from Australia
27 December 2012

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

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36 out of 61 people found the following review useful:

hilarious comedy

Author: Rory Holland from Canada
9 April 2012

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 stealing roles.

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.

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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

decide for yourself-it is a different kind of humor-overall it IS a comedy

Author: thepotatoHasEyes from United States
7 April 2013

Frankie goes boom, sometimes , to me , seems too "real" to be funny, but at that same moment , it makes you laugh,, ...hard to describe,

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 .

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

I'm not a comedy fan, but...

Author: BlackWoodRabbit from United States
12 February 2014

I'm not a comedy fan but I loved this film. I've been disappointed and disillusioned by so-called comedies far too many times, but this film had me laughing loudly and joyfully. Yes, the humor may be crass but it has genuine heart which can only be achieved through great writing and great acting. Frankie Go Boom is not a dumb movie, and neither is the writer/director, or anyone else involved. It is what it is, and what it is, is cute, hilarious, wicked and possibly for some (mainly the humiliated and deranged) cathartic. There is not one mis-cast actor nor one ill-written line. If you can handle transgender, painful family discussions, jokes about addiction and a near-death experience by a farm animal I highly recommend this film.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Could Be Better

Author: Laura Barclay
5 December 2013

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).

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not terrible for the art film it is

Author: Julieallee from United States
27 June 2013

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 may just be that I don't appreciate the directing/editing as it is done.

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Really funny movie

Author: Aleph Taw from Akkad
11 February 2013

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The only thing I didn't like about this movie was actually the one thing I thought would be the most hilarious about it. But in the end Ron Perlman's appearance was just over the top and none of his lines were really that funny. Jax Teller and Clay Morrow stoned and dancing together, well, there was a hint of fun, nothing more, nothing less.

The rest of the movie however was really funny, at least from where I'm standing. Especially Lizzy Caplan and Chris Noth were outrageously hilarious, with Chris O'Dowd and Charlie Hunnam finishing a close second.

Additionally, if you're a SOA disciple, like me, then you will get an extra kick out of seeing Charlie Hunnam as this quirky normalo who is worlds and worlds away from being his hard as nails SOA alter ego who is the president of a one per center biker gang.

Yes, sometimes this whole thing gets really weird, but they somehow manage to stay in bounds and don't go completely overboard when it comes to the funny moments. Except for Ron Perlman's drag/post-op transsexual persona.

All in all a very enjoyable experience for me and I'm sure to watch this one again.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant performances by all!

Author: mercuri316
27 June 2015

Absolutely LOVED this movie. Had no idea what it was about, I just knew it had Charlie Hunnam & Ron Perlman. When Lizzy Caplan enters in her first scene I was HOOKED. She was absolutely hysterical in that scene (I had to watch it over again because I was laughing so hard). Chris O'Dowd is always a favorite of mine, & he delivered as always. Chris Noth, Ron Perlman, Adam Pally, & Nora Dunn added incredible supporting actor roles as well. I was very pleasantly surprised by each actor. I found it to be heartwarming & hilarious & uncomfortable all at once. I highly recommend avoiding the nay sayers and checking it out. I will definitely be watching it over again!

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A Comedy Gem

Author: Suradit from Thailand
27 December 2014

This is another comedy about a dysfunctional family and their decidedly absurd relationships. That much-exploited theme, the somewhat unfortunate title "3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom," and the negative reviews almost put me off watching this without even realizing that the wonderful Chris O'Dowd and Charlie Hunnam were involved. That Chris could completely erase his Irish accent and modify his usual comedic pacing added to my appreciation of his talent.

Anyone complaining that the relationships between the brothers, Frankie & Bruce, and between the sons & their parents were unrealistic or that the situations that arise were absurd can't be serious. Did you really expect something titled "3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom" and starring Chris O'Dowd was going to be a dramatic slice of reality?

I admit that I am a fan of movies & TV that exaggerate human interactions to ridiculous & absurd levels … things like "Modern Family" or "Arrested Development" or "Episodes" … but usually expect them to produce at most a few chuckles and smiles.

Quite often movies or TV shows that attempt to elevate the mundane to the ridiculous fail, but this movie was truly laugh-out-loud hilarious. The story line, the acting, the pacing were all great. I definitely plan to watch this now for a second time and will probably revisit it again in the future.

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Of Pigs and Pools

Author: tieman64 from United Kingdom
20 October 2013

*** 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.

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