Frankie & Alice

2014 R 1h 41m DVD

Frankie & Alice

2014 R 1h 41m DVD
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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.
Halle Berry, Stellan Skarsgård, Phylicia Rashad, Chandra Wilson, Rosalyn Coleman, Joanne Baron, Brian Markinson, Matt Frewer
Geoffrey Sax
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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