Movie Review: Frankie and Alice

Movie Review: Frankie and Alice (2010)

So I bumped into watching a full-length feature film without being distracted and side tracked by the many things I have going on at the same time. Yes, I like to multitask. And yes, I was multitasking during commercial breaks I couldn’t fast forward on my DVR. The new channel (#720 on Verizon FiOS), Centric, is targeted for black women, that’s what they advertise- nonetheless they’ve got a new viewer on their channel. So, a little before 8 PM EST, actually a few hours before I had started channel hopping during a commercial break on MTVs Wild’n Out… While (multitasking) I interrupted and stopped a few channels up. November Rule was a on, a tongue-in-cheek romantic holiday flick you can check out on demand if you’re a black woman into chick-flicks.

What caught my eye was Frankie and Alice (2010), starring Halle Berry (Oscar winner: Monsters Ball) as Frankie and Stella Skarsgård (Good Will Hunting, Exorcist) as Dr. Oz. Set in 1970s Los Angeles. Early on Frankie has a blackout. She’s brought to the ER and discharged. Losing her job, unaware of why or who she’s writing checks to, her former coworker thinks she needs help, her mother thinks she’s doing very well working for the telephone company.

Later she’s arrested and calls Dr. Oz regarding her arrest. He gets her released under his psychiatric care and she’s brought into the hospital as an outpatient.

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After multiple psychotherapy sessions, Frankie is diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder by Dr. Oz.

Dissociative identity disorder is a rare condition where the person develops alters. These are different personalities that are randomly triggered. DID was previou known as multiple personality disorder and in the psychiatry field highly debated whether or not true to its claim by the patients diagnosed with it. I’m not a psychiatrist nor a psychologist just passing the information out to you as I am a psychology student. “Alice and Frankie” is based on a true story.

Skarsgård’s performance, and his character; Dr. Oz dedicates to care, attention and solving this mystery. It is an honest, believable, and honourable performance. Halle Berry is the one that steals all the jewels with her enchanting performances.
If you’re in the mood for some mystery, thriller, can’t wait for what happens next then this one’s for you.

MY RATING SCALE: DON’T WATCH. TRY TO WATCH. SHOULD WATCH. MUST WATCH. 

Yes, it’s a Must Watch. For all the reasons I’ve described above and for educational reasons, as well.

Agree? Disagree? What did you think and feel after watching? Let us know in the comments below!