Like an A-student with a plum assignment, "Frankie & Alice" star
The film around her, however, is lamentably by-the-numbers, treated like an affliction-of-the-week TV movie by its eight (!) credited writers and directed by Geoffrey Sax as if he knew where commercials should go. (Completed more than five years ago, it's only now seeing a theatrical release.)
The unrealized potential lies in treating Frankie's background — a fraught civil rights-era upbringing and a traumatic incident steeped in racial identity — as simply a schematic mystery's third-act answer. When a well-meaning white doctor (
"Frankie & Alice"
Running time: 1 hour, 41 minutes.
MPAA rating: R for some sexual content, language and drug use.
Playing: At Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Rave 18, Los Angeles; Regal LA Live.