A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
The self centered and clueless son of an actor looks at the life of his self centered acting father.
Violence & Scariness
For comic effect, a gun goes off. A monster, or perhaps his creator, is murdered. A man holds a prop gun to his head. Two men push each other against fake-looking scenery. For comic effect, a girl is seen from behind someone holding her in their arms. She was supposedly shot by a stray bullet. No blood is seen. A man tries to kiss a woman, but she tells him no.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman kisses, lies on, and possibly has sex with a monster. A woman recalls her long-ago affair with a married man.
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"F--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A doctor mentions the use of morphine to help comfort a dying patient.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the jokey title Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein tells you all you need to know about this short (32-minute) parody of an old-fashioned biopic/ horror movie. Inside jokes about acting and references to different acting philosophies and styles are coupled with playful, mocking, and also admiring reproductions of old movie clichés, making this piece suitable for old movie fans and teen viewers versed in such fare. A woman kisses, lies on, and possibly has sex with a monster, and another recalls her long-ago affair with a married man. A reference is made to morphine for a dying patient. A gun goes off. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein may fly over the heads of all but the most devoted young students of the history of cinema. References are made to styles of acting, as well as melodramas and horror films of the past and the famed Juilliard acting school. Theatrical clichés are explored or mentioned, including playwright Anton Chekhov's advisory that every story detail should propel a play forward, so a gun seen in the first act must go off by the play's end. Harbour mimics the deceased Orson Welles (the Citizen Kane director not named here), a famed figure of international cinema who few under the age of 30 will be familiar with.
Whatever interesting points the movie makes, or comedy the movie attempts, a viewer's interest easily wanders as the fictional young Harbour seems as unlikable and one-note a character as the fictional father he is examining. Nevertheless, hats off to Netflix for providing a venue for a short piece that would likely otherwise be relegated to home movie status.
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