Frankie & Alice
In this true-life psychological drama, a black woman battles to vanquish the racist alter ego that's taken root inside her unsettled consciousness. With help from a psychiatrist, she explores the traumatic childhood event at the root of her problems.
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- Geoffrey Sax
- 2011 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee: Halle Berry
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this often-gritty drama is based on a true case of multiple personality disorder and doesn't shy away from violent and disturbing images (including a little blood), sex and sexual situations, strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), cigarette and pot smoking, and drinking. The story is sometimes hokey, but Halle Berry gives a strong performance, and her character ultimately tries to become a stronger, better person. If older teens can stomach the unsettling material, they may find some inspiration here.
- Sexual Content
- Frankie works as a stripper, and she's shown cage dancing and removing her underwear for a customer (no sensitive body parts are shown). A man in the club wears tight pants, and the outline of his genitals can be seen through the fabric. Frankie initiates sex with a man; they kiss and get hot and heavy, but they're interrupted. In a flashback, a younger Frankie flirts and has sex with a boyfriend. Frankie's breast is on view in one scene, and she wears underwear and various other skimpy outfits throughout.
- Some violent scuffles and disturbing imagery. While operating under her alternate personalities, Frankie whacks a man with a bottle and slices a man's hand, drawing blood both times. She also attacks a woman and scratches her face. She must be subdued, stuffed into a straitjacket, and given injections. There's also a sequence in which a terrified Frankie gives birth and her baby is taken from her.
- Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "humping," "son of a bitch," the "N" word, "damn it," "ass," and "bitch."
- Social Behavior
- After a disturbing setup in which Frankie slowly learns she has a problem, the movie concerns itself with her working hard to overcome difficult problems, learning to ask for help, and trusting others.
- While in the hospital, Frankie asks for Hostess Ding Dongs several times. She eventually gets a box and makes a fuss over it.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Frankie smokes cigarettes throughout the movie and also smokes pot several times. She drinks booze from a bottle and champagne at a wedding. She insists several times that she never touches any other kinds of drugs. Her doctor tells a story about having taken LSD as part of a medical experiment.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it