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Frank and Cindy (2015)

R | | Comedy | 1 April 2016 (Sweden)
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G.J. Echternkamp tells the story of his relationship with his parents, his mother Cindy (Russo) and his step-father, Frank (Platt). Frank used to be a member of OXO, a band from the '80s ... See full summary »

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G.J. Echternkamp

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rene Russo ... Cindy
Oliver Platt ... Frank
Johnny Simmons ... GJ
Jane Levy ... Kate
Marc Maron ... Gilbert
Jessica Garrison ... Lizzie
Claire Titelman ... Claire
Fabianne Therese ... Melissa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bennie the Cat Bennie the Cat ... Cat
Miss Kitty the Cat Miss Kitty the Cat ... Cat
Nick Jones Nick Jones ... Captain Clamp
Nicholas Loiacano Nicholas Loiacano ... Billy Smeer
Joseph Oliveira Joseph Oliveira ... Drunk Man at Bar
Matthew Tilley Matthew Tilley ... Superfan Matt
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G.J. Echternkamp tells the story of his relationship with his parents, his mother Cindy (Russo) and his step-father, Frank (Platt). Frank used to be a member of OXO, a band from the '80s whose one hit wonder scored with the song "Whirly Girl". Cindy was the ultimate groupie who married Frank and thought life would be glamorous and award shows, but it's not how it turned out. Written by richardclark78

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Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 2016 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank & Cindy See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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G.J. Echternkamp previously made a documentary in 2007 about his parents, the real Frank Garcia and Cynthia Brown, which is also entitled Frank and Cindy (2007). See more »

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Jane Levy's sweater sleeves change from covering her hands to not covering it in the same hug scene (when she makes peace with GJ outside the diner) See more »

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Wonderful!
17 November 2019 | by maryannfarleySee all my reviews

Why is it when someone tells an autobiographical tale they're called self-indulgent or other unkind remarks? The very nature of one's own story means that they're at the center of the narrative. How can it be any other way? Anyway, this film should have hit the mainstream much harder than it did. I was enchanted with every character as well as the story from beginning to end. I knew nothing about the backstory going in and that was probably a good thing as there's a lot of judgment about that as well... Like should the director have even made this film if there was already a documentary. What difference does it make? He did a fantastic job here, period, mining the nuances of a complicated love story with his parents. Maybe it deserved to be retold from another approach. The film was funny, touching and compelling. And Russo and Platt give outstanding performances. I love that actresses are allowing themselves to be real, meaning unattractive, these days. Recently saw Melissa McCarthy in "Can You Ever Forgive Me" and Patricia Arquette in "Escape at Dannemora." Like those gals, Renee is going for the performance in this film with no vanity at all. And she gives the performance of her career. Bravo to everyone all around. I hope this film finds its audience on Netflix because it deserves so much more than the attention it's received so far.


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