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Being Frank

Being Frank
Being Frank
Being Frank
  • R
  • 1h 51m
  • 2019
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Seventeen-year-old Philip (Logan Miller) longs to leave his small town for music school in The Big Apple. His dreams are dashed when his overbearing father, Frank (Jim Gaffigan), forbids it. In retaliation to his father's dictatorial parenting, he sneaks away in search of a wild spring break. However, when he crosses state lines, he instead finds a charming lake community where he spots his father with another woman. Turns out, Frank lives in this town and has an entire other family. With this bizarre revelation Philip realizes he can either blow the whistle on his father's deceit or take advantage of the surreal situation.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Being Frank suggests Jim Gaffigan may have a real future as a dramatic actor -- if only he's offered projects that don't suffer from so much wasted potential.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Honest dramedy about impact of deception and lies.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Being Frank is a comedy about a man (Jim Gaffigan) whose 17-year-old son (Logan Miller) discovers that his dad has another family. Expect to see a parent being both socially and emotionally abusive. Underage teens and adults drink and smoke pot; there's also a fair bit of strong language ("s--t," "f--k," and more), as well as infidelity, innuendo, and flirting. Frank doesn't always take responsibility for his choices -- or their effects on his families -- but the movie shows that actions have consequences. It also does a balanced job of presenting the idea that there are always two sides to every story. It's easy to get angry when you feel betrayed by someone you love, but the film makes the case that it's wise to try to understand others' perspectives before making assumptions or forming judgment.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:June 14, 2019
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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