Frankie and Johnny Are Married Frankie and Johnny Are Married is a fictionalized Los Angeles vanity-movie retelling of what actually happened when TV producer-director Michael Pressman ("Chicago Hope") decided to… Frankie and Johnny Are Married Frankie and Johnny Are Married is a fictionalized Los Angeles vanity-movie retelling of what actually happened when TV producer-director Michael Pressman ("Chicago Hope") decided to… 2004-05-28 R PT98M Lisa Chess Michael Pressman Alan Rosenberg IFC Films
Movie Review

Frankie and Johnny Are Married (2004)

MPAA Rating: R
Frankie and Johnny Are Married | STOP, OR SHOOT Backstage folks aren't as compelling as they think. Exhibit A
STOP, OR SHOOT Backstage folks aren't as compelling as they think. Exhibit A
EW's GRADE
D

Details Limited Release: May 28, 2004; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; With: Lisa Chess and Michael Pressman; Distributor: IFC Films

Frankie and Johnny Are Married is a fictionalized Los Angeles vanity-movie retelling of what actually happened when TV producer-director Michael Pressman (''Chicago Hope'') decided to direct his wife, Lisa Chess, in an L.A. vanity-theater production of Terrence McNally's 1987 romantic comedy ''Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.'' The movie stars Pressman (who also wrote and directed) and Chess as themselves; Alan Rosenberg (''Chicago Hope'') plays Chess' prima donna costar, whose egregious behavior gets him fired, inspiring the director (who is producing the show with his own money) to cast himself in the role of Johnny in an attempt to recoup his financial -- and marital -- losses.

The only metatwist missing in the twittering self-regard of this indulgent home movie is the participation of a documentary video crew -- ideally helmed by some TV exec's USC-grad son -- shooting the filmmakers shooting the play within the play. And, perhaps, notes from ''Waiting For Guffman'''s Corky St. Clair.

Originally posted Jun 09, 2004 Published in issue #770 Jun 18, 2004 Order article reprints
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