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"Frankie Go Boom" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

An insane comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel... and a pig. For his whole life Frank (Hunnam) has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated on film by his horrible brother, Bruce (O'Dowd). When Bruce makes and uploads a video of a disastrous one-night stand of Frank's, the sex tape immediately becomes a viral hit and things really hit the fan. Will Jack (Noth), Bruce's violent drug-fiend rehab buddy, find out it's his daughter (Caplan) in the video? Frankie Go Boom is an outrageous comedy about brotherly hate, amateur porn and the dangers of online fame.

Specifications

  • 2013, Rated R, 1 hour 29 min
  • Universal Studios
  • AVC 1080p, 2.40:1
  • DTS-MA 5.1
  • Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Chris Noth
  • Directed by: Jordan Roberts
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

If an hour and a half of crude, vulgar, obnoxious people is your idea of a good time…this movie is for you. I find vulgarity as humor to be sophomoric and it grows old really fast. The synopsis alone should be enough to warn you not to go here. I could cut the movie some slack if the characters were likeable, but none of them are. To help “sell” the movie, a sticker is on the cover stating that this film is recommended by the NY Times. So what? Who reads the Times anymore these days? Perhaps I am just getting too old. No, that can't be it...

Technical

The picture looks a lot better than this film deserves, with crisp focused images and nice color renditions. Blacks and shadows are very good as well. Sound quality is also good, but front heavy. This film is dialog driven and there is not a lot of surround action. A few acoustic numbers play through the film, but they are nothing that stands out.

Extras

Deleted scenes and commentaries are included. I found nothing in the deleted scenes that would have enhanced the movie. Some things are best left on the cutting room floor.