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3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom Review

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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    A vibrantly vulgar comedy that never hangs around to admire its own cleverness.

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Self-destructs in its quest for comic outrageousness.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Nick Schager

    Less inept than its worst-of-the-year title suggests, 3, 2, 1 . . . Frankie Go Boom nonetheless proves too ramshackle and aimless to ever achieve true absurdity.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Toxic brother drives so-so comedy about mortifying video.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom is a crass, sex-themed comedy about the dysfunctional relationship between a man and his older brother, who enjoys filming his sibling's most humiliating moments and is now trying to make a career out of selling them. The latest "masterpiece" involves a sexual encounter in which the younger brother has trouble performing. There are also plenty of graphic sexual references, a scene that shows a woman's breasts (and other scenes with characters in various stages of undress), and a "sex" scene that doesn't have any actual sex or nudity but is still quasi-graphic. Expect plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," and more) and scenes in which characters drink wine with meals and smoke pot.

  • Families can talk about the ethics of today's digital video age. Why isn't it OK to film other people and post the videos -- embarrassing or otherwise -- online? How would you feel if someone did that to you?
  • Do Frankie and Bruce seem like real siblings? How do movies and TV shows tend to portray adult siblings? Why?
  • Who do you think this movie's target audience is? Why do you say that? What do you think the take-away is intended to be?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Frankie is trying very hard to be an emotionally healthy person, mainly by avoiding his toxic family -- including an addict older brother and enabling parents who seem to favor their firstborn, despite Bruce's selfish and loutish behavior. Frankie is drawn into Bruce's circle of craziness, bringing up all sorts of unpleasant family memories.

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    Role models: Bruce is a terrible brother who spent his youth terrorizing his younger sibling, Frankie, and capturing the moments on film. Now an adult, he sees nothing wrong with trying to recreate the dynamic and selling the resulting footage and can't understand why Frankie might not be partial to the idea of being humiliated on screen.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Several heated arguments and a few physical altercations, one including a young man who's attacked by an old blind man. One character has a penchant for guns and sometimes shoots them when he's feeling under duress.

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    Sex: There's a particular scene that doesn't actually feature sex -- despite the best efforts of the two people involved (they encounter a minor physical malfunction) -- but is pretty outrageous nonetheless. The incident is captured on film and referenced repeatedly throughout the movie as more and more people see it. An early scene shows a half-nude woman running around in a bathrobe that flaps open to reveal her breasts. Several characters, male and female, are seen in their underwear, and one man is seen jogging wearing nothing but a jockstrap. Lots of graphic discussion.

  • language false4

    Language: Lots of swearing, particularly variants of "f--k." Other frequently used words include "d--k," "s--t," "ass," "c--t" and "p---y."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Several people use Apple laptops.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: One of the main characters is fresh out of rehab and working hard to stay sober. Others drink wine at meals. Some people smoke pot in one scene.