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Uncle Frank finds writer-director Alan Ball still untangling the modern American family dynamic, aided by standout work from Paul Bettany and Sophia Lillis. Read critic reviews

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In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor. She soon discovers that Frank is gay, and living with his longtime partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi) -- an arrangement that he has kept secret for years. After the sudden death of Frank's father -- Beth’s grandfather -- Frank is forced to reluctantly return home for the funeral with Beth in tow, and to finally face a long-buried trauma that he has spent his entire adult life running away from.

Cast & Crew

Paul Bettany
Frank Bledsoe
Sophia Lillis
Beth Bledsoe
Peter Macdissi
Walid "Wally"
Steve Zahn
Mike Bledsoe
Judy Greer
Kitty Bledsoe
Margo Martindale
Mammaw Bledsoe
Lois Smith
Aunt Butch
Alan Ball
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Alan Ball
Screenwriter
Alan Ball
Producer
Isaac Ericson
Executive Producer
Andrew Golov
Executive Producer
Bob Osher
Executive Producer
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  • I thought this is the best performance [Paul Bettany's] given since Gangster No. 1... secondly it's really funny.

    December 2, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Uncle Frank revolves around Uncle Frank, and Bettany's career-great performance as a man who knows where the gaps are in his life, and how much his whole relationship with his family is about holding his breath.

    December 1, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Even Paul Bettany firing on all available cylinders can't quite save this mixed-bag melodrama from its flimsiness.

    November 29, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Uncle Frank is fated to become the green bean casserole of this holiday's film streaming options: designed to appeal to everyone, but destined to remain uneaten.

    November 27, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An evocative slice of retro Americana and a highly entertaining road movie.

    November 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Uncle Frank doesn't have the witty indirectness of American Beauty or Ball's TV classic Six Feet Under, but it has a strong and very convincing performance from Bettany.

    November 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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