MOVIE MADNESS #164: FRANKIE GOES BOOM

Some great comedies rely on a really weird character to deliver the laughs. It is the classic straight man/funny man dynamic. But what happens when there is only one straight man and at least six funny men? More laughs? Nope, chaos. That is the center of the comedy “Frankie Goes Boom”, too much chaos not enough order.

Frankie (Charlie Hunnam) is having a really bad day. His drug addicted brother, Bruce (Chris O’Dowd), just got out of rehab and secretly filmed Frank’s intimate encounter with his latest paramour, Lassie (Lizzy Caplan). Frank has real feelings for Lassie and Bruce is about to upload the video to the web. Frank has got to stop it.

The story is very loose and mainly follows Frankie and his toxic brother, Bruce, as well as Bruce’s very odd friends including Ron Perlman in drag, loose cannon Jack (Chris Noth) and Bruce’s sex addicted editor (Whitney Cummings). For a less than 90 minute movie, it sure meanders a lot. It never really hits home, goes for belly laughs or tries to be cute. It just exists. Some scenes are extremely torturous.

The best scene in the film is the scene between Hunnam and Caplan when they first meet. Like the movie says, it is tragic, funny and well interesting. If the rest of movie could have had writing and chemistry as good as that scene then you would have had a movie. But let’s get serious, this is a really big miss.

1 out of 5

So Says the Soothsayer

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