Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

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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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.

Full Review… | June 25, 2004
Boston Globe
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 18, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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

June 17, 2004
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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

June 11, 2004
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

June 11, 2004
Top Critic

There's little that's particularly dramatic or funny for the outsider in this autobiographical vanity project.

June 11, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Frankie and Johnny Are Married

I didn't expect much, but it turned out a decent low-key comedy. Very funny at times and great storytelling.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Not bad. I appreciate the sincerity in the film's intentions. It has a nice realistic style to it, the actors all do well. I found it just a little hard to get involved with the characters, the are well defined, but not particularly appealing. Worth a look though.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Beyond the participants' friends and co-workers, it's hard to imagine an audience for this professionally packaged exercise in navel gazing. It's a vanity project about a vanity project.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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