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Romantic comedy at library Thursday

Posted on: January 17, 2010

When Johnny is released from prison, a guard warns him that going to New York City may be a mistake.  It’s full of trouble.  But he quickly finds a job in a diner.  And one of the waitresses keeps looking at him.  Even though she’s wary, and weary.

The Murphy Library is showing the romantic comedy “Frankie and Johnny” starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer, Thursday at 6 p.m.  Running time is 118 minutes.  It is rated R and would not be suitable for children.

It’s easy being typecast in Hollywood, especially when you become the “Godfather,” as Al Pacino did just before he made “Frankie and Johnny.”  But the role of the short-order cook looking for love stops typecasting in its tracks.  Johnny is needy, talkative and a little unsure of himself, not at all like the Godfather. 

Furthermore, Michelle Pfeiffer never lets her beauty get in the way of looking plain and tired of life.  Her Frankie just wants to be alone with a carryout pizza and her new VCR.  She’s had it with men.   Then she sees clues this one might be different.  And sways between hope and anger, truth and consequences.  All you have to do is look in her eyes.

Terrence McNally originally wrote his play “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune” for off-Broadway.  His dialogue is spot on.   The story of meeting someone, getting to know them, and finally telling them the truth is as old as Adam and Eve.  And it’s still fun to watch.

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