Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer light up the screen in this captivating romantic comedy. Pfeiffer plays Frankie, a waitress at a N.Y.C. coffee shop. After a series of hurtful relationships, the last thing Frankie's looking for is a new man...until he comes looking for her. Pacino is an outgoing ex-con who's hired as the new short-order cook. He's head-over-heels crazy for Frankie. But to Frankie, they're as different as scrambled and hard-boiled. What can he mean when he says. "We were a couple before we ever met"? directed by Gary Marshall, Frankie & Johnny is a "delightfully unique love story with a delightfully unique sense of fun"
Strong performances from theses stars
- Frankie and Johnny review by PT
Fresh out of the joint Johnny gets a job as a cook in a small cafe. Frankie is a waitress there. They are both lonely and single and there is an obvious early attraction. Only one problem with the mutual attraction and that is Frankie. Frankie has had horrendous relationships in the past and this hurt and pain is deep, manifesting in her rejecting male companionship.
Johnny, the eternal optimist who having his own pain in the past, still believes in real love, keeps at her relentlessly. Pacino is great as the persistent admirer whilst Pfeiffer is great as the hurt woman with a shield of armour, impenetrable to all who come a courting.
Somewhat disappointed with this movie. In spite of the on-screen attraction for the two main characters, I didn't feel there was any real chemistry between Michelle Pfieffer and Al Pacino, to the point where AP looked quite uncomfortable in some of the scenes. I would also class the movie as more of a comedy than a drama.
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Disappointing - feels very much like running through the motions
- Frankie and Johnny review by RC
Would agree with previous review- no chemistry here. Difficult to believe him when he says he loves her because it doesn’t ring true. Their relationship looks forced all the way through the film. Absolutely no connection between these people for me. Very much like actors running lines. Weird and uncomfortable sex scenes that leave you a bit chilly.
Found it a difficult watch. It wouldn’t get released now. There is at least one scene where Frankie tells Johny to leave her flat - but he wins her round with romance and manipulation. This felt quite predatory by today’s standards. Not helped by the lack of believability in their relationship.