Frankie and Alice
A drama centered on a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.
Frankie and Alice is being touted as an Oscar-worthy performance by Halle Barry, and certainly, she is one of the best looking women on the planet – no question about that. The problem is really the story. It’s the three faces of Eve, sort of brought up, I suppose, to modern days. Stellan Skarsgard plays her therapist. Halle Barry plays a stripper who seems to have violent episodes and passing out episodes. Phylicia Rashad plays her mother. And, because we know about this — we know she’s hiding a terrible secret, and the question is: what’s the secret? And, the point is: do we actually care enormously? And, by the end of the movie — I know this is viewed as somewhat of a tour de force. I view it as kind of hokey, to be quite honest. First of all, as a therapist, what I would argue is that multiple personality disorder or disassociate personality disorder is very rare, and probably does not come in this particular form, but Halle Barry is an attractive woman and it’s kind of fun to watch her. And, she’s finally figured out a way to play crazy and beautiful at the same time. I give it two stars.