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Frankie and Johnny Are Married

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Frankie and Johnny Are Married

Frankie and Johnny Are Married

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
98 minutes
Limited Release Date:
05/28/04
performer:
Lisa Chess, Michael Pressman, Alan Rosenberg
director:
Michael Pressman
author:
73154

We gave it a D

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.

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