3, 2, 1… Frankie Go Boom looks like an absolutely balls-crazy movie—and if it didn’t have such a stellar cast, I’d write it off as some awful indie trying way too hard. Yet I can’t find fault with any of the fantastic actors who have attached themselves to this kooky project. OK, maybe Whitney Cummings, but apparently she’s funny? Here’s the gist: Charlie Hunnam is the sweet, put-upon Frank, who hates his family but especially his former alcoholic brother Bruce (Chris O’Dowd). Out of prison, Bruce is an aspiring filmmaker who’s been torturing his little bro with home videos since they were kids… which hasn’t let up even as they’ve hit adulthood, since he videotapes Frank’s awkward sexual encounter with Manic Pixie Dream Girl Lassie (Lizzy Caplan).
That would be bad enough, except that Bruce decides to hand over the tape to a movie producer played by a grizzled Chris Noth… who’s also Lassie’s dad! So before he unwittingly sees his daughter boning some guy, they have to rescue the sex tape from his mansion and a bunch of random pet pigs. Oh, and somewhere in there they employ the help of Whitney — I think she’s reenacting the tape, judging from her costume — and Ron Perlman in drag. See what I mean? Individually these actors all impress me, so unless there was a gas leak on the set, they can’t all be involved in a stinker. At least, I hope.