Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2004)

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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.

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Cast

Lisa Chess
as Herself
Lou Antonio
as Himself
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Murray Mintz
Kathy Baker
as Herself
Steven Glick
as Himself
Elizabeth Hayden
as Casting Assistant
Ann Hearn
as Constance
Linda Klein
as `Chicago Hope' Paramedic
Ken Lerner
as Rob the Production Manager
Jerry Levine
as Himself
Vahan Moosekian
as Man on Street
Natalija Nogulich
as Theater Patron
James Oliver
as Billy the Assistant
Barry Primus
as Himself
Nina Tassler
as Herself
Alice West
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Frankie and Johnny Are Married

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (11)

It might be the first vanity project within a vanity project.

Jun 25, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Most entertaining is Alan Rosenberg's wicked spoof of actorly neuroses.

Jun 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We get, basically, a love note from one to the other. But what we don't get is an absorbing movie.

Jun 17, 2004

A funny, tender, satisfying blend of fiction and cinema vérité.

Jun 11, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

A chronicle of embarrassment that gratifyingly, if narrowly, avoids embarrassing itself.

Jun 11, 2004 | Rating: 3/4
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There's little that's particularly dramatic or funny for the outsider in this autobiographical vanity project.

Jun 11, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

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