DVD Review - Frankie Go Boom

Charlie Hunnam (left) and
Chris O'Dowd in "Frankie Go Boom"
Charlie Hunnam plays Frankie, the straight man who is surrounded by a bunch of crazy characters. Most of whom are Frankie's family members who live to annoy or embarrass him. His nagging mother is pretty high up but the chief offender is Frankie's brother Bruce, played by Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids and The Sapphires).

Frankie retreats to the desert after his wedding is called off after he learns that his fiancée cheated on him at the wedding. Bruce is an aspiring Hollywood director who tapes the wedding and then posts it online, much to Frankie's chagrin. Frankie meets Lassie, played by Lizzy Caplan, who just got out a relationship too. They go home and hook up. The next day, Frankie finds out that Bruce has made a video of it and turned it into a sex tape that Frankie wants back and wants destroyed.

The majority of the comedy is focused on Frankie and Bruce running from place to place trying to get the sex tape or have it removed from the Internet once it's put online. Meanwhile, Frankie is trying to make things work and not lose Lassie, as well as not let her know there's a sex tape out there of her and him.

This movie is a sex comedy. It's about sex, every scene. There's one scene involving a pig and a pool that isn't about sex, but even that scene still manages to have a half-naked Chris Noth who was the male star of Sex and the City. Noth plays Jack, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, TV actor who is a bit obsessed with his own ass and having people feel it.

The most memorable guest star would have to be Ron Perlman who plays Phyllis, a transsexual who has no problem showing Frankie her body, the parts that are newly attached and the parts that are newly removed. Perlman is great and really hilarious.

Writer-director Jordan Roberts' indie comedy has some pretty good laughs and a bunch of wacky performances. It was all mildly entertaining.

Three Stars out of Five.
Not Rated but recommended for mature audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 28 mins.


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