Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam of “Sons of Anarchy” dancing romantically, Chris Noth brandishing guns and a pot-bellied pig, and Lizzy Caplan and Chris O’Dowd doing anything should be more than enough to justify “Frankie Go Boom,” but then writer-director Jordan Roberts oversells every gag until the whole enterprise gets stinking drunk on its own wackiness. Two decades ago, this would be one of those rictus-smile “Why aren’t you laughing yet?” comedies starring Bette Midler, but now the flailing and mugging comes with a viral video plot.
Frank (Hunnam) spent his entire childhood being embarrassed on camera by his dysfunctional brother Bruce (O’Dowd), a recovering cocaine addict with delusional dreams of directorial stardom. Bruce hopes that Jack (Noth channeling Tom Sizemore), a washed-up actor and rehab buddy, can make his dreams come true, but Bruce continually falls back on his old habits, capturing Frank and Lassie (yes, “Lassie,” played by Caplan) in a compromising position and, through a series of mishaps, accidentally posting it to a viral porn site. Increasingly weary of his awful family and their obsessions, Frank must find a way to pull the video and make things right with Lassie.
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