3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom, 2012.
Directed by Jordan Roberts.
Starring Charlie Hunnam, Lizzy Caplan, Chris O'Dowd, Ron Perlman and Chris Noth.
Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated by his brother
Bruce - usually on film - his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally
off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different.
They are not...
In 3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy)
stars as Frankie, an aspiring writer who had a rough childhood thanks
to his brother, Bruce (Chris O’Dowd). Over the years Bruce humiliated
Frankie as much as he could, catching almost everything on film and
turning them into short films. Now all grown up, Bruce is graduating
from rehab for his drug problem and Frankie is coming down to show his
support despite still holding a grudge against his brother for all the
years of being humiliated. Outside of the graduation Frankie meets a
Lassie (Lizzy Caplan) who he takes back to his parent’s house. They try
to have sex but things don’t go well for Frankie - he just can’t seem to
get it up. After hours of trying they finally succeed and do the deed,
only to find out the next morning that Bruce had videotaped everything
leading up to them eventually having sex. The video falls into the hands
of Jack (Chris Noth), a recovering alcoholic actor who is planning to
work with Bruce, and he just happens to be Lassie’s father. Now Frankie
and Bruce have to get the tape back before Jack has a chance to see
what it contains.
Right off the bat, I’m not a big fan of movies where an item gets into
the wrong hands and we have to watch our leads go on a wild goose chase
to get it back. It’s been done in plenty of comedies before and while it
can make for some mild laughs (see Road Trip) it usually ends up making the entire movie a mess. With Frankie Go Boom,
it makes for a hit and miss movie. While it started out amusing, as things progressed, it started to hit notes I didn’t want it to hit. You
can see how everything involving the tape is going to play out so the
movie being cliché doesn’t help it too much.
Not everything here is cliché however and the biggest strength of the movie
is the cast. Charlie Hunnam is a likable lead as Frankie and
makes you root for his character, even though it feels like you
shouldn’t. Chris O’Dowd is proving in every role that he’s one best
upcoming actors in comedy today. After good performances in Bridesmaids and Friends With Kids,
O’Dowd puts in another humorous performance. Lizzy Caplan is always a
welcome face in any movie. She can easily make a movie better just by
being in it and here it’s no different. While all the main players give
good performances it’s Ron Perlman, Hunnam’s Sons of Anarchy co-star, as Phyllis, a man turned woman computer genius that steals the show.
3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom provides
a good few laughs and the cast here works very well. It’s all a
little too familiar and yet oddly different in the way it transitions
from scene to scene. Overall, it’s worth checking out, but I wouldn’t say
more than a rental.
Flickering Myth Rating - Film: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★