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Frank - family and children's DVD review
FRANK Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Cynthia Watros, Jon Gries, Brittany Robertson, Ashton Dierks, Brian Burnett, Garrett Morris
Director: Douglas Cheney   Studio: First Look Pictures
DVD release: 12 August 2008   Runtime: 90 min. (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
DVD features: Audio tracks (English - Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround), Subtitles (English, Spanish), On location, Deleted scenes, Music video, Previews

Although not high art, Frank is a delightful family movie that will keep both adults and children entertained. My eight-year-old daughter has declared this her "favorite movie" of the moment, so that's definitely saying something.

Frank centers on the York family: mom Jennifer (Cynthia Watros from Lost), dad Colin (Jon Gries, Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite), and their two children: teenaged Anna (Brittany Robertson) and nine-year-old Patrick (Ashton Dierks). The family has become disconnected, so in an attempt to bring them closer, they go to Jennifer's family summer home, where she hasn't been since her father died. The kids are fighting, Colin is worried about work, and it doesn't seem that the vacation will live up to its expectation. But when the family discovers that a scary "island creature" is really a stray dog named Frank, this may be just what they need to unite them.

"family movie" clichés. Lots of mistaken identity issues, problems with the neighbors, and the requisite flatulence humor. Yet, Frank is incredibly endearing and the ending left all of us with tears in our eyes. The conclusion might be a little intense for younger viewers. The "will Frank die?" plot point is emotionally wrenching. If you have children sensitive to these issues, you might want to give it a quick view ahead of time so you can prepare them for the situation.

Overall, Frank is an enjoyable movie featuring an animal that helps a family come closer together.
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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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