Frankie And Johnny Are Married (2004)
Successful television director and film producer Michael Pressman sets off with high hopes when he decides to helm a film production of +Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. He believes the experience of directing a film starring his struggling actress of a wife (Lisa Chess) will be a fun and relatively easy way to revitalize their marriage. Unfortunately, the decision to cast Alan Rosenberg to play Johnny proves disastrous -- Rosenberg is incredibly difficult to work with and Pressman's already tense relationship becomes steadily worse as the horrific rehearsal and filming process intensifies. The situation looks bleak when, after a devastating preview, Pressman is forced to shut down the play, relinquish his investment, and possibly lose his wife. Of course, the aggrieved director has one option: to take over the role of Johnny. The stakes have never been higher for the married couple, considering their future together appears to hinge on the final outcome of the film. Frankie and Johnny Are Married was directed in real life by the protagonist, Michael Pressman. … More
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Critic Reviews for Frankie And Johnny Are Married
Most entertaining is Alan Rosenberg's wicked spoof of actorly neuroses.
We get, basically, a love note from one to the other. But what we don't get is an absorbing movie.
A chronicle of embarrassment that gratifyingly, if narrowly, avoids embarrassing itself.
There's little that's particularly dramatic or funny for the outsider in this autobiographical vanity project.
A wonderfully entertaining, hilariously funny and sweetly touching story.
The pleasant surprise is that it's often funny and unexpectedly engaging, in large part because Pressman knows better than to ask you to feel too sorry for the fictitious 'Pressman' and 'Chess.'
A glorified home movie, redeemed by Alan Rosenberg's hilarious performance as an egomaniacal actor.
A sharply written, directed, and acted character piece brimming with good-natured laughter and real affection.
It's art imitating life imitating art -- or something like that. Whatever, it's not very good.
A blend of fact and fiction that audiences might find puzzling and at times a little self-indulgent, but sometimes very funny and occasionally quite touching.
Proves that playing together can bring zest to any sagging long-term love relationship.
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