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Frankie in Blunderland 
Written by: on July 19th, 2011


Release Date: USA, 2011
Approximate running time: 81 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Language: English

Director: Caleb Emerson
Writer: Marta Estirado
Cinematographer: Caleb Emerson
Composer: Brian Lieb
Cast: Aramis Sartorio, Thea Martin, Brett Hundley, Caleb Emerson, Debbie Rochon, Evan Stone


Synopsis: A young man named Frankie is disliked by everyone, his chain smoking wife who spends all of her time on their couch watching Spanish T.V. shows (even though she is not fluent in Spanish) and his best friend Tommy, who asked to crash on their couch and now several years later he has yet to leave. To further complicate Frankie’s life his so called best friend has been lusting after his wife and when the opportunity arises, Tommy kidnaps her. From there Frankie goes a on a surreal odyssey in which he encounters a wide variety of freakish characters like a glowing alien that disguises himself as a Mormon and is determined to impregnate as many women as he can, a well endow talking butterfly, a mutant child (that looks a lot like it could have been the off spring of the Toxic Avenger) and a lesbian robot in thrown in for good measure.

Content wise as you can clearly see this film is far from conventional, so it should not also come as a surprise that there is a anything goes feel to the narrative structure. And while this film heaps on more than its fare share of bizarre moments, it is the journey of its protagonist which holds this most usual take on Alice in Wonderland, together.

Narrative issues aside, it is the way in which subversive humor is infused into in the story at hand that this film most excels. The majority of the characters in this film are drawn to violence. Thankfully it is done in a cartoonish way that defies reality.
 
Another area in which this film holds up well, especially on repeated viewings are the performances from the entire cast. With the film’s standout performance coming from Aramis Sartorio (The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol) in the role of Frankie. He is given the difficult task of making the audience care with a character that does not is devoid of any sympathetic qualities. And yet despite the short comings of this character, he somehow manages to humanize said character.

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