Box art for 3,2,1 Frankie Go Boom

3,2,1 Frankie Go Boom

  • Rated TV14
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy


Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Ron Perlman and Chris Noth star in this outrageous comedy about brotherly rivalry, amateur porn and the dangers of online fame.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    41%
  • Audience Score
    41%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

What keeps "Frankie Go Boom" from going completely into the gutter is the young, brilliant cast. Charlie Hunnam recalls his days on "Undeclared" with this straight-faced comedic role, making his bad ass persona on "Sons of Anarchy" impress that much more. Chris O'Dowd is the driving force of comedy, as the misfit brother pushing the raunchy plot all the way through. Lizzy Caplan proves she's well on her way to bigger and better things, no longer just playing the quirky, tomboy friend, but expanding into a viable and adorable love interest that you root for. I am not entirely sure why Ron Perlman would step into the role of the transvestite, but he definitely holds nothing back. In line with films like "Orange County" and to extremes like "Freddy Got Fingered", "Frankie Go Boom" and its spark may not live on like those previously mentioned films, but it was rather enjoyable from start to finish.

- xas5, Thursday, June 13, 2013