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½ July 6, 2017
Oddball documentary about Frank Garcia, a 1980's one-hit wonder, his wife Cindy Brown, and their dysfunctional lives. Frank is an alcoholic layabout who can't let go of his glory days, spending his days and nights in his basement making music and drinking. Cindy spends her days complaining about her teeth and doing nothing about them, and also working to financially support Frank and his music dreams. The commonality between the two seems to be that neither of them are happy and both have big dreams, but neither seems interested in actually taking any steps out of their rut to change anything. They're both just all talk. Adding to the strangeness of this documentary, it was directed by their adult son who also lives at home. In many ways, this film reminded me of the documentary "American Movie" where it was also hard to discern at first whether the filmmakers were mocking the subjects or were trying to genuinely tell their story. "American Movie" was certainly not making fun of it's subjects, and I don't think this film was either, although there are certainly a lot of moments shown that are hilariously at the expense of Frank and Cindy. Like the best documentaries, this film does have a subtext about the pursuit of Sisyphean dreams and knowing when to let go of them, but I'm thinking this film was more just a colorful slice of life. Still, it's a pretty entertaining slice of life that more than kept my interest.
February 25, 2017
Frank and Cindy is an honest perspective into a couple's life who love and hate each other at the same time. True life moments captured by their son, EJ, who manages to portray an unbiased and non judgemental point of view throughout the documentary. This film will make you laugh, make you cry, question actions, and feel hope. A film about a blended, broken, American family struggling with addictions while trying to make it through day to day life. EJ did the film as a project which turned into opening the eyes of Frank and Cindy and helped them see a new prospective on life.
½ May 22, 2016
G.J. Echternkamp's 'home movie' of his step father and mother is virtually impossible not to watch. While there is ample tragedy to be found in this dysfunction -- there is also a strong bit of love floating just outside of the camera's frame.

It often feels like the young filmmaker is taking out his justifiable anger at both parental figures. The thing is it also feels as if he is equally torn by the fact that he cares deeply for both. Echternkamp's mother takes center stage and she is a walking bit of tragic comedy.

I dare you to start watching and look away.

This is a low-fi affair. The film is almost as messy as its subjects, but the subjects are so interesting it really doesn't matter.
Super Reviewer
April 25, 2016
Enjoyable doco made by a young film student about his troubled mum and ex 80's pop star step dad.
I liked this slice of life very much.
½ April 23, 2016
Really great subjective documentary of dysfunction in the film-maker's family. For a "college" project, there is a lot of honest documentary here from someone embedded in this dysfunctional family -- and G.J. does a very good job of not leaning too much in sympathy with either his mother Cindy, or his step-father Frank. It's a sad, sad story -- but it is real. For more comments, see my review of his dramatization in 2015 "Frank & Cindy".
August 20, 2008
I saw this film at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival. It was an interesting look inside an eccentric, highly dysfunctional family. The step dad was once a part of a popular band back in the early 80's. The footage was a riot. This film seems honest and has some heart. Check it out if you get a chance.
January 28, 2008
A doc about G.J.'s parents. I was working the registration table at Silverdocs so I didn't get to see it, but G.J. is pretty cool.
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