3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom movie review: Un-brotherly love
Mega-hottie Charlie Hunnam from Sons of Anarchy stars in this quirky, indie film. But don't expect to see him clad in leather, riding a motorcycle. Here, he plays the nice guy — mostly.
Frankie (Charlie Hunnam) hates his older brother Bruce (Chris O'Dowd), with a passion. It's easy to feel Frankie's pain — Bruce is a grade-A douchebag who spent his entire childhood torturing Frankie on videotape. Now adults, Bruce is newly sober and still pursuing his dream to be film director. His "short film" is on YouTube and still a sore spot for Frankie, considering that the video was of an embarrassing event at his wedding.
No longer married, Frankie runs into a drunk girl named Lassie (Lizzy Caplan), who has troubles of her own. Frankie brings Lassie back to his parents' house, where she climbs on top of him, desperately trying to get him to have sex with her (Who can blame her?). But the situation is too sudden and too awkward for Frankie to "perform."
Turns out, Frankie's brother Bruce still takes pleasure in videotaping Frankie's failings and has captured the entire mortifying event on video. Frankie is angry, of course, but the situation goes from bad to worse when Bruce gives the DVD to an ex-drug-addict actor friend of his named Jack (Chris Noth). Frankie and Bruce's world is turned on its head, however, when they discover Lassie is Jack's daughter.
Jack has a temper and gun, causing both Frankie and Bruce to try to get the DVD back before Jack can watch it. Through a series of unfortunate mishaps, the DVD is distributed to various people and outlets, causing the brothers to chase after it.
The funniest scenes are when Bruce attempts to get help from his ex-cell mate Phil (Ron Perlman), who's had an elaborate sex-change operation and now goes by Phyllis. Hunnam and Perlman play wicked foes in the TV dramaSons of Anarchy, so it's a lot of fun to see them together in a wacky comedy.
Bottom line: There are an awful lot of coincidences in the story, making the situations feel artificial, but the characters are kooky and fun. And Charlie Hunnum is hot.