Frankie and Alice is Lurid and Silly

<I>Frankie and Alice</I> is Lurid and Silly
© Codeblack Films

Geoffrey Sax's Frankie & Alice comes with some warning signs: the words "based on true events," for starters, along with three credits for "original story" and five for the screenplay. (It took eight people to tell a true story?) Then there's the fact that this film has been sitting on the shelf since 2010.

Fortunately, Frankie & Alice is by no means the train wreck any of that would suggest, especially for a film starring Halle Berry as a stripper suffering from multiple personalities.

Frankie (Berry) puts herself under the care of a psychotherapist played by Stellan Skarsgard in his lovable eccentric mode, making the picture feel all the more like an unintentional, nudity-free companion piece to Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac. (Speaking of such things, the Frankie character being a stripper may be factually accurate, but it doesn't really figure into the movie's themes, and it's easy to suspect it was a happy conjunction of historical fidelity with prurient interests.)

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AMC Empire 25

234 W. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10036

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: West 40s

AMC Loews Village 7‎

66 3rd Ave.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: East Village


Frankie and Alice
Directed by Geoffrey Sax
Codeblack/Lionsgate Films
Opens April 4, AMC Empire 25 and AMC Loews Village 7

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Frankie & Alice is lurid — again, she's a stripper — and occasionally silly in the way that so many multiple-personality stories wind up being.

It never quite shakes the feeling of being Berry's self-conscious return to respectability after a decade of Catwomen and X-Men. Still, it's occasionally imaginative, and, most importantly, never boring.

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She was a cage go-go dancer, not a stripper. In the movie she took her underwear off and gave them to a customer. Then she lifted her skirt and you could see she had put the underwear she gave him over her dance outfit. I guess the article wouldn't have been as exciting and fun to write without adding the "stripper" part and making fun of mental illness. Way to go!


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