Watch at Home: ‘Being Frank’ & more from female filmmakers

FF2 Media’s new “Watch at Home” columns list the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers that are newly available each week on DVD, Video On Demand &/or streaming services.

Here are the new films written and/or directed by women filmmakers now available at home as of 9/13/2019 (with links to FF2 Media reviews posted the week of their theatrical release):

  • Being Frank – Miranda Bailey (director)
  • Can You Keep A Secret? – Elise Duran (director)
  • Riot Girls – Jovanka Vuckovic (director), Katherine Collins (writer)
  • The Weekend – Stella Meghie (writer/director)


This week’s selection is Being FrankWith its mix of comedy and drama, Being Frank (formerly You Can Choose Your Family) delivers the goods in filmmaker Miranda Bailey’s narrative feature directorial debut.

Frank Hansen (Jim Gaffigan) is an awful human.  He’s perhaps the worst human of the world even if he isn’t willing to admit it.  Frank’s problem is that he has two sets of everything but nothing is more secretive than his having two families.  All his trips for work have been nothing more than mere cover to hide his having another wife and set of children.  That Frank has been able to get away with it for over 15 years is rather impressive to say the least.

In the blink of an eye, it’s over for Frank when his son, Philip (Logan Miller), catches him in the act of lying like the wind.  Philip doesn’t cave into his dad’s pressure.  Instead, he does the only thing he can do in order to fulfill his dreams of being accepted into NYU:  blackmail his dad or spill the beans to his stay-at-home mom, Laura (Anna Gunn).  The cookie soon starts to crumble as Frank realizes that the only way it ends will be in a full-body cast.

Gaffigan couldn’t be more different from Frank.  The comedian brings so much to his portrayal of a role that couldn’t be further from who the comedian is in real life.  It’s because of this that it makes his performance as an awful person even better.  I’d love to see Gaffigan and Logan Miller in another project together just from seeing how the two are able to play off of each other in Being Frank.

On the breakthrough performance front, Isabelle Phillips breaks through in her role as Frank’s daughter, Kelly.  This was the first feature film for the actress.  There’s a lot to like about her performance and there’s great chemistry on screen between her and Logan.

Because of what each character is going through, Being Frank is the type of comedy that will make one feel both sympathy and empathy at the same time.

Please click HERE for my full review.

© Danielle Solzman (09/13/19) FF2 Media

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Danielle Solzman is a Chicago-based film critic and an aspiring filmmaker if she can ever put enough time aside to work on her feature-length trans-led political comedy script. When not in Chicago, she attends various film festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BA in Public Relations while earning a Masters in Media Communications from Webster University after writing a thesis paper on comic books against the backdrop of the American political culture.
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