FRANK

"Quirky Comedy"

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Summary:

FRANK is a comedy mixed with some drama about a music savant/genius, who hides behind an enormous head mask and lives to make music with his band. FRANK is a fairly entertaining movie with some comical, extremely quirky moments and a thoughtful dramatic ending, but the light moral elements are mitigated by a lewd scene and excessive foul language, so extreme caution is advised.

Review:

FRANK is a quirky comedy mixed with some drama about an out-of-the box music savant/genius who hides behind an enormous head mask and lives to make music with his band.

Frank wants his band to experience taking the group’s music to another level and even growing a fan base for their avant-garde style of music. Jon, an aspiring songwriter, is looking for inspiration for his next song. He wants to do something more with his music. When Frank’s current keyboardist nearly drowns himself in the ocean trying to commit suicide, Jon is invited to play for the band by the band manager, Don. The whole first meeting is odd as Jon meets Frank during a practice. He wears a huge plastic head everywhere, and no one in the band has ever seen his face. Frank takes a liking to Jon, but Clara, Frank’s caregiver and band member who also plays keyboard, doesn’t like Jon from the beginning.

The band travels to a remote cabin in the woods in Europe where Frank inspires the band to start creating their next album. Over the next several months, Jon endures physical and verbal abuse from Clara, while Frank encourages Jon to write. However, Frank will not record any of the band’s songs until they’re perfect.

Several months later, when everyone is at their wit’s end or at Jon’s throat, they finally begin recording and eventually complete the album, but a tragedy pulls the band apart. Can Frank pull them back together?

FRANK is a fairly entertaining movie with some comical, extremely quirky moments and a thoughtful dramatic ending. It has a light moral worldview with one character admitting a mistake, and the title character bringing the other characters together. These positive elements are mitigated by some immoral behavior, including depicted fornication, themes of suicide and excessive foul language. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Content:

(B, PaPa, LLL, VV, SS, N, A, D, M) Light moral worldview as character owns up to his mistake and main character must bring everyone together; 49 obscenities (mostly “f” or “s” words) and no profanities; woman beats up man and later stabs him in the leg with a knife, two men hit by cars when one man tries to beat up on the other man and take his plastic head mask off, suicide, attempted suicide; a scene of depicted fornication; upper male nudity; light drinking; cigarette smoking; and, verbal abuse between band members, man unintentionally breaks up the band where he’s a member.

In Brief:

FRANK is a quirky comedy with some dramatic elements about a musical savant/genius who hides behind an enormous head mask and lives to make music with his band. Jon, an aspiring songwriter, is looking for inspiration for his next song when he joins Frank’s band at the suggestion of the manager. The band travels to a remote cabin in the woods in Europe where Frank inspires them to start creating their next album. The whole process takes months and tests the entire band mentally and emotionally, with the exception of Frank. The divided team begins to turn on each other. Then, a tragedy pulls the band further apart. So, Frank must bring them back together again before it’s too late.

FRANK is a fairly entertaining movie with some comical, extremely quirky moments and a thoughtful dramatic ending. It has a light moral worldview with one character admitting a mistake, and the title character bringing the other characters together. These positive elements are mitigated by some immoral behavior, including depicted fornication, themes of suicide and excessive foul language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.