Uncle Frank (2020)


“He was the kind of person I wanted to be: smart, funny and considerate.” – Beth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A College freshman takes a road trip with her homosexual uncle and his lover to visit their family in South Carolina for a funeral.

My Take on it – This is a film that I didn’t know anything about before watching it besides the fact that it was written by Alan Ball and was at ;east partially based on his own life.

Ball does a wonderful job creating the right atmosphere for this story  and characters to flourish.

He is able to find ways to develop each of these characters during this road trip movie in engaging ways that helps keep things so enjoyable to watch.

The film is able to show the right tone and opinions of the way people viewed homosexuals during the 1970’s.

The dialogue is written really well because it allows each of these characters to really express their opinions on things while also showing the kinds of relationships between each of these characters.

The movie’s cast is great with Paul Bettany doing a nice job with the title character.

He is helped along by a very colorful and talented supporting cast who all add so much flavor to the story as it unfolds.

As a road trip movie this movie works really well because the characters learn so much about one another and more importantly themselves along the way.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that is written quite well by Ball. The characters are all developed really well and allow us to see the tone and opinions of people in the early 70’s towards the gay lifestyle. The dialogue between the characters is great and they allow us to get a real idea of the relationships between these characters along the way. The cast is great with Bettany really shining in the title role but he is helped so much by the very colorful and straight forward supporting cast.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Beth mentions that she had never really experienced anyone dying, and says that she is sad that she will never see Daddy Mac again, while they are in the car driving to Daddy Mac’s funeral, she also says that there was a boy in school who died in a car accident. This is a reference to the car accident Alan Ball was in with his older sister driving when he was 13 years old, and she died right in front of him. Ball has been quoted as saying that this accident is why almost everything he writes has at least a reference to death, if not the overall theme. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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