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Frankie & Alice Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    A cringe-inducing mess.

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  • 40

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    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    Berry's florid physicality has a certain silent-melodrama pull. The film around her, however, is lamentably by-the-numbers.

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  • 50

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    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    Ms. Berry does a decent job with the role, and the film treats its subject matter respectfully, but the overall package doesn’t rise above ordinariness.

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  • 58

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's just a matter of time, flashbacks, many costume and accent changes, some more jazz, and a triggering tune on the radio before the truth can set Frankie, and the audience, free.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Sherilyn Connelly

    It's occasionally imaginative, and, most importantly, never boring.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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
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    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.

  • rolemodels true1

    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
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    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.

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    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 false4

    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 false1

    Consumerism: While in the hospital, Frankie asks for Hostess Ding Dongs several times. She eventually gets a box and makes a fuss over it.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    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.