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

4 stars

I liked this. The guy's brother tortures him doing all kinds of horrible pranks and capturing it on film. He puts them on the internet and scars the guy for life. The brother apologizes and tries to make up for being such a shitty guy, goes to rehab, etc. But ends up taping the brother having sex with a famous, and crazy, movie star's daughter. They go on a crazy quest to destroy the tape. Really good stuff.

- jctrifile, Sunday, September 23, 2012

1 star

As a child, Frankie (Hunnam) was constantly harassed by his older brother (O'Dowd) who caught everything on camera. Now, as grown-ups, things haven't changed. Following a one night stand with Caplan, Hunnam finds himself the subject of an internet video sensation, thanks to being secretly filmed by his brother. It would appear to be time to call quits on the American indie comedy. We've seen a string of interchangeable films that rely far too heavily on "quirkiness" to get by. 'Frankie Go Boom' is just the latest to sit alongside 'Safety Not Guaranteed', 'Why Stop Now' and 'Jesus Henry Christ', to name but three cookie-cutter comedies we've suffered through in 2012. Roberts' film is painfully unfunny, despite the talented ensemble. His idea of comedy is to have Perlman appear in drag. Seriously? Is this 1934? Comedy is the most difficult genre to pull off so why do so many inexperienced film-makers try their hand at it?

- moviewaffle, Friday, December 28, 2012

3 stars

A comedy about two brothers, a girl with a broken heart, a sex tape, an angel and a pig... Good weird funny movie! A true modern day sex comedy for ages 18 to 60 to appreciate over and over again. whether you have a brother like Bruce or not you can relate and identify with each and every character.Any open-minded film buff would appreciate the genuine clever humor this movie portrays. Frankie Go Boom takes a sibling "rivalry" to the next and quite frankly, insane level. This was a comedic adventure with a quirky romance that will have you waiting for what happens next. Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated by his brother Bruce usually on film his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.

- MANUGINO, Saturday, March 23, 2013