For Hollywood in Toto, I reviewed the movie Being Frank:
Starring comedian Jim Gaffigan, Being Frank is a dramedy that is hard to forget, for all the wrong reasons. It’s impossible to convey how horribly both the writer and director fouled up the tone of this film. Not only was it aggressively unfunny, but it toyed with serious issues like a nine-year-old plays with matches, and the viewer will have to carry the charcoaled remains in memory for some time.
The story is a compelling one: Philip, the teenage son of strict, emotionally distant father Frank (played with near-malevolent glee by Gaffigan), sneaks away for a wild Spring Break vacation, where he finds that his dad actually has an entire second family, complete with wife, house, and two other kids. This discovery, and the antics that follow, comprise the remainder of the film.
What do the filmmakers do with this premise? Click to find out!