Being Frank has not been well received by critics. Directed by Miranda Bailey and written by Glen Lakin, the movie comedy-drama that tackles a very complex family issue: lying.
Philip Hansen (Logan Miller) is the son of wealthy condiments company owner Frank Hansen (Jim Gaffigan). The two of them are at odds with each other as Philip wants to go to New York to become a musician, but Frank wants him to take over the family business. His wife Bonnie (Samantha Mathis) and young daughter Lib (Emerson Tate Alexander) tries to get Frank to allow their son to go on Spring Break with his son’s friend Lewis (Daniel Rashid), but he forbids it.
After Frank leaves for Japan on a business trip, Philip leaves on Spring Break and lies to his mother about his destination. However, when he arrives, he finds that his father has a whole other family with wife Laura (Anna Gunn), an athletic son Eddie (Gage Banister), and teen daughter Allison (Danielle Campbell). Philip poses as a family friend and proceeds to blackmail his father to allow him to study music in New York, but soon has fun getting to know the family he never knew his father had.
The movie is much better than I was expecting. Once again, mainstream critics prove they have no sense of entertainment. Gaffigan was hilarious in the role of a man leading a double life. He and Logan Miller had excellent chemistry as father and son, working well to drive this movie home.
One problem I had with the film is Alex Karpovsky’s character. Now, Karpovsky is incredibly talented, so this not a criticism of him, just how his character was used. He seemed to be a character of convenience. Whenever the plot needed a quick hand, he served the purpose to keep it from lagging. Like I said, pretty convenient.
I also appreciate its ironically honest look at deception. The movie shows that deceiving your loved ones may seem like the right thing to do in order to avoid confrontation or broken hearts but in the end. lying only leads to more broken hearts. Without giving the ending away, the movie did a good job of demonstrating this through its plot.
Bottom line, this comedy was completely underrated. Gaffigan and Miller are at the top of their games, making this a fun and hilarious journey through one man’s double life.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Drug use, Strong Foul language, Some sexual content
FAVORITE QUOTE: You think this my first close call.
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