Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy, Romantic Drama, Urban Comedy  |   Release Date - Oct 11, 1991 (USA)  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Rebecca Flint Marx

An amiable exploration of love and trust, Frankie and Johnny proved that Al Pacino could make it through a role without bluster and that Michelle Pfeiffer could be frumpy. Adapted from Terrence McNally's play by the playwright himself, the film exchanged the original's grittier tone for a more cuddly, sitcom-friendly approach. The result is a story that takes place in the kind of charmingly eccentric New York that was home to When Harry Met Sally, where employers are endearingly cheap rather than nail-bitingly stingy and there is always a gay neighbor to provide witty advice. Thanks to this sort of treatment by McNally and director Garry Marshall (of Pretty Woman fame), you know everything will end up well, as major characters work out their issues and secondary players stand by to provide wacky, well-meaning moral support. Frankie and Johnny is a sweet, agreeable film, and while it has undoubtedly alienated more than a few viewers with its softhearted, talky approach, it remains a safe bet for a couple hours worth of quality entertainment.