Dear Frankie Dear Frankie is a Scottish weepie of such bathos and balderdash that it deserves a drinking game in its rotten honor: Bend an elbow every… Dear Frankie Dear Frankie is a Scottish weepie of such bathos and balderdash that it deserves a drinking game in its rotten honor: Bend an elbow every… 2005-03-04 PG-13 PT105M Drama Jack McElhone Emily Mortimer Gerard Butler Katy Murphy Sharon Small Miramax
Movie Review

Dear Frankie (2005)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Jack McElhone, Emily Mortimer, ... | BEST SEEN WITH A SIX-PACK Sudsy crud from the Highlands
BEST SEEN WITH A SIX-PACK Sudsy crud from the Highlands
EW's GRADE
D-

Details Limited Release: Mar 04, 2005; Rated: PG-13; Length: 105 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Jack McElhone and Emily Mortimer; Distributor: Miramax

Dear Frankie is a Scottish weepie of such bathos and balderdash that it deserves a drinking game in its rotten honor: Bend an elbow every time you've underestimated how low screenwriter Andrea Gibb and director Shona Auerbach will go to wring a tear. The kid in the title (Jack McElhone) is deaf (gulp!), and he lives with his mother, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer, so pretty, glug!), and his chain-smoking granny (Mary Riggans) in a drab Glasgow flat (cheers!). He doesn't remember his absent da as the abusive bastard he was (chug!), and Lizzie encourages false memory by inventing a loving father who's a merchant seaman on a ship with a fake name, sending Frankie letters that are actually written by Lizzie (double glug!).

Only it turns out that a real ship with the same name is coming into port (hic!), which means Lizzie needs to hire a guy (played by handsome Gerard Butler, chin-chin!) who will pass as Frankie's da (slurp!). Whatever you imagine the ending will be, it's more shameless than that.

Originally posted Mar 09, 2005 Published in issue #811 Mar 18, 2005 Order article reprints
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