Pause for kids 17 & under
Multiple-personality drama is gritty but well-acted.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this often-gritty drama is based on a true case of multiple personality disorder and doesn't shy away from violent and disturbing images (including a little blood), sex and sexual situations, strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), cigarette and pot smoking, and drinking. The story is sometimes hokey, but Halle Berry gives a strong performance, and her character ultimately tries to become a stronger, better person. If older teens can stomach the unsettling material, they may find some inspiration here.
- Families can talk about the movie's scenes of violence. What's the difference between this kind of violence and the kind you might see in an action movie?
- Frankie seems to use drinking, smoking, sex, and drugs to deal with her problems. What are the consequences of that kind of behavior/thinking in real life?
The good stuff
Messages: After a disturbing setup in which Frankie slowly learns she has a problem, the movie concerns itself with her working hard to overcome difficult problems, learning to ask for help, and trusting others.
Role models: Although Frankie begins the film working as a stripper, smoking cigarettes and pot, drinking, and using foul language, as begins to try to solve her problem, she tries to become a stronger person. Viewers see her reaching out to others, though some of her bad habits don't go away.
What to watch for
Violence: Some violent scuffles and disturbing imagery. While operating under her alternate personalities, Frankie whacks a man with a bottle and slices a man's hand, drawing blood both times. She also attacks a woman and scratches her face. She must be subdued, stuffed into a straitjacket, and given injections. There's also a sequence in which a terrified Frankie gives birth and her baby is taken from her.
Sex: Frankie works as a stripper, and she's shown cage dancing and removing her underwear for a customer (no sensitive body parts are shown). A man in the club wears tight pants, and the outline of his genitals can be seen through the fabric. Frankie initiates sex with a man; they kiss and get hot and heavy, but they're interrupted. In a flashback, a younger Frankie flirts and has sex with a boyfriend. Frankie's breast is on view in one scene, and she wears underwear and various other skimpy outfits throughout.
Language: Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "humping," "son of a bitch," the "N" word, "damn it," "ass," and "bitch."
Consumerism: While in the hospital, Frankie asks for Hostess Ding Dongs several times. She eventually gets a box and makes a fuss over it.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Frankie smokes cigarettes throughout the movie and also smokes pot several times. She drinks booze from a bottle and champagne at a wedding. She insists several times that she never touches any other kinds of drugs. Her doctor tells a story about having taken LSD as part of a medical experiment.
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Not playing in my area by robbomb77
Very disappointing not to see this movie close to my area. I'm around approximately 3 to 4 movie theaters and this one is not shiowing. This will be the second movie in my area that will not be showing, the second one was Repentance. I guess I have to wait for it to come out on DVD or Redbox. No love for Montgomery County MD.
Best Actress by Hdiggs2006
"Frankie & Alice" is definitely a must see movie. Although it could have been better, Halle Berry's acting made up for any flaws in writing or directing. Mrs Berry gave the performance of a lifetime in portraying this real person who suffered from multiple personality disorder. She left me wanting more, while silencing any critics who may have questioned her acting skills.
Frankie & Alice by yvettetimmons
The film was good, although I think it could have been a little bit more detail with the mother and what happen to the child. Halle Berry acting was good as expected. Now if she won an Oscar for 'Monster Ball', then I think she should win one for this film or at least get nominated for an 'Oscar'. This filmed touch on some very serious issues and this is real not reality television. Overall my husband and I agreed that it was a decent movie except for the ending.
Not Best Picture! by Kafe
I'm sure Halle Berry saw this as a chance to show her acting ability, because of the diverse personalities her character possessed. However, the storyline was somewhat drawn out and boring. I guess she did the best she could do with this script. Although it was based on a true story, it seems like something's missing. I don't see any awards for this one.
Great Acting...Horrible Storyline by allena224
Go see it, if only to see Halle's phenomenal effort. Don't go, if you're looking for a complete package. You'll be disappointed. Halle was incredible. However, the studio did her a major disservice here. First, they decided on a limited release. Second, there was minimal promotion, particularly for an academy award winning actress. Third and most important, she had to work with a horrible storyline. The movie left me empty. It clearly had a lot of levels it needed to explore -- the doctor and his unraveling life; the mother and her inner demons; the sister and her dysfunctional relationships with mom and Frankie; the boyfriend and his consequences before tragedy; the best friend; and lastly, baby Alice! Why? Why? There simply wasn't enough movie time to do justice to each storyline, while devoting time for Halle to showcase her talents. The movie failed to develop each character and thus it was a flop for me. But again, major props to Halle...with shout-outs to Phylicia and Stellan!
Coulda Put More to It! by lawson392138
The film itself was interesting, but there should have been a more intriguing plot/introduction that lead the audience up to what was actually going on. There were no preconceptions to inform the audience how the story began. It was like watching a movie from the middle with no end. Halle Berry and Phylesha Rashad are phenomenal actresses who have played in "more interesting and theatrical dramas" more so than the characters played as Frankie and Moma. The film didn't give detail leading up to the pregnancy, in which I'm sure was the surprise and mystery, but unless there is a sequel to this movie, we didn't find out what happened to the baby. I also noticed that the movie began with a note that it was 1957 in Savannah?, GA. Marvin Gaye's song "Let's Get It On" was playing for the dance, and was not published during the era of 1957.
Well acted by Chibear777
I thought Ms. Berry played the part very well, it was one occasion that a person of color received the mental help they so desperately needed. The doctor actually cared enough to go the extra step required to save the life of a human being. Plenty of denial to go around from family and even friends. The circle of people in her life knew something was wrong but no one really stepped in to help.
halle & berry by fallen1angel
this was halle berry best role ever....she was awesome in this movie.....i did not want it to end.....luved how she went from a trashy black stripper to racist white woman!
Frankie & Akice by Southernbell56
I really liked the movie. I try to go see all movies that are true stories. I saw that it wasn't playing in that many places. I'm so glad that I didn't judge it by that. There wasn't but 6 people in the theater that night. Halle Berry did a great job in that movie.
Great movie...excellent acting!! by ksneedy
Halle Belly is excellent in this movie....she makes you want to know more about the life of the person this movie is about. Excellent casting. First time in a long time that either me or my husband didn't want the movie to end.