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Being Frank (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Being Frank suggests Jim Gaffigan may have a real future as a dramatic actor -- if only he's offered projects that don't suffer from so much wasted potential.

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It's 1992, the year Grunge music becomes mainstream hitting middle American teenagers directly in their angst. Phillip longs to leave his small town for music school in The Big Apple. His dreams are dashed when his overbearing father, Frank, played by Jim Gaffigan, forbids it. In retaliation to his father's dictatorial parenting, he sneaks away for a wild spring break. However, when he crosses state lines he instead finds a charming lake community where he spots his father with another woman. Turns out, his father lives in this town and has an entire other family. With this new heartbreaking information Philip realizes he can wallow in his father's deceit or take matters into his own hands.

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What a jerk. But what an interesting jerk to be at the center of a quirky and entertaining deadpan comedy/drama.

June 21, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, in the filmmaker's narrative-feature debut, she takes the theme of betrayal and turns it into fodder for a sitcom, and not a particularly funny one at that.

June 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It adopts a tonally dissonant and thematically confused approach to what is, in essence, little more than a Lifetime movie writ large.

June 17, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The setup (script by Glen Lakin) is full of wacko screwball potential, some of which is mined, some of which misses the boat.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Gaffigan deals in exaggerated grimaces that shift back and forth from panic to guarded sincerity, which make for most of the movie's humor aside from some cutting lines by the supporting cast.

June 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Being Frank festers uncomfortably from start to finish.

June 14, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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