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Forgiving the Franklins

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FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS is the hilarious and absurd tale of what happens to a conservative North Carolina family after the burden of Original Sin is lifted from them through Divine Intervention.

Before the fortunate catastrophe of a car crash changes them forever, The Franklins are passionless American stereotypes living unfulfilling but picture-perfect lives. Frank's a lawyer, Betty's a homemaker, Brian's a high school football hero, and Caroline's a cheerleader. Not a one of them is genuinely contented in the roles they play.

After the accident, Frank, Betty and Brian emerge from a collective coma, reborn into a life without shame. Much to the horror of Caroline, who escaped the coma, her family's repressed sexuality is unleashed and on display for anyone who'd care to look.

The community they live in doesn t quite appreciate The Franklin's new way of embracing life, which leads to a dramatic conclusion you ll never see coming.

If you're in the mood for a movie that constantly surprises, delights and leaves you thinking when it s over, hop in bed with The Franklins tonight. They'll be happy to teach you a few new tricks


The perfect antidote to The Passion of the Christ. --Premiere Magazine

Smart, accessible, and fall-from-your-chair funny, FORGIVING THE FRANKLINS is everything a film should be. --Michael Foster, FOSTER ON FILMS

and Jesus said - let them Screw --Erick Childress,

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  • Actors: Vince Pavia, Robertson Dean, Aviva, Teresa Willis
  • Directors: Jay Floyd
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Indie-Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014065LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Forgiving the Franklins" on IMDb

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ssmithee on June 11, 2008
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It's always a pleasure to see characters in a movie who are wholly good-hearted and well-intentioned, even when they're surrounded by those who are neither. The film's moderately silly premise is that the conservative, religious Franklin family (mother, father, teen boy and girl) are involved in an accident wherein the parents and brother have a near-death experience during which they meet Jesus, a pleasant but somewhat exasperated soul who removes from them the burden of 'original sin.' When they return to their lives, many of their views and attitudes have changed, much to the consternation of the daughter, who didn't share the experience. The religious side is, I think, presented with a good balance, from the good (Jesus) to the starkly awful (those of his 'followers' who are obsessed with the sins of others and utterly oblivious to their own). It's a movie to make you think, give you a few good laughs along the way, and leave you with the pleasant feeling the world just might be a better place than you think it is. Maybe.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 29, 2008
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Jay Floyd's "Forgiving the Franklins" provides thought-provoking material in an entertaining manner. I've read one review that sets the film in North Carolina and another in North Dakota. Regardless of exactly where the film is set, it is small town America. The question the film poses is whether sexuality is truly anti-religious. Obviously, the world wants the species to continue; so sex has to have its place. But when does physical enjoyment and intimacy cross the line to become sordid? In this film we have a family who through the miracle of an accident is relieved of the burden of original sin. Jesus himself, played by Pop DaSilva, pulls a bloody apple out of the back of their heads thus relieving the mother, father and son of any sexual guilt. Young Brian played by Vince Pavia has never dated girls. The reason becomes clear when relieved of guilt he tells his coach who is massaging his hamstring that it is exciting. Coach Caldwell played by Zak Spears as Kris Scaramanga joins Brian in the shower for Brian's first sexual experience. Brian innocently tells his parents about it at the supper table. Meanwhile, father Frank Franklin played by Robertson Dean who was in "Star Trek: Nemesis" in 2002 & "Vanilla Sky" in 2001 is discovering his routine lovemaking with his wife has been transformed with an exciting freedom of enjoyment. Betty Franklin is played by Teresa Willis whose lack of shame is reflected in sauntering into the yard in her birthday suit to retrieve the morning paper. Their daughter Caroline Franklin is played by Aviva who had a part in "Superbad" in 2007. Still riddled with guilt, she runs to her godmother Peggy Lester played by Mari Blackwell.Read more ›
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Zooey Glass on May 9, 2008
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This movie is a pure delight. I too saw it at Sundance. The real star of the film is Jay Floyd the writer, director, producer, and financial backer. I understand he cast it and shot it himself as well. He was one of the most talked about people at Sundance.
This film had me laughing and thinking for months afterward. The 4 members of the Franklin family are played perfectly by the actors.
And you will never view ice cubes the same way again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DelusionalAngel VINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
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The gist of the plot here is pretty simple - the Franklins are a very religious, church going family. The type of family that is very active in the community. In fact, they're on their way to one of their many community obligations when they're in a serious car accident. Three of the four (the hubby, wife, and son) experience some divine intervention while in their comas. The daughter? Well, she's not lucky enough to end up in a coma...

The negative reviews I've seen of this film seem to just state it's an attack on Christianity - so don't watch it. You could see it as that, if that's what you want to see. Personally, I didn't see it as that. Just as in real life, there were both "good" and "bad" Christians in this movie.

Instead I saw this as a movie showing that we confuse concepts like faith, religion, church -- intermingling them as though we could say they're all the same thing when they're not necessarily. It exposed hypocrites. Examined how different people, some even of the same religion or faith and belonging to the same church may have different views on things. It questioned how the pact mentality of people can damage things like churches / other social structures when the members do disagree on issues.

The only negative for me was that there were times when some of the dialogue and acting seemed a little - eh, flat? Dull? Forced? I'm not sure what it was exactly but something was just a little off somehow. Still, that said, if you're not offended by nudity and "bad" words I'd definitely give it a chance and look beyond the so called attacks on Christianity.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Reed on May 4, 2008
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Saw this movie at Sundance. Original, smart, sweet and oh so funny. Watch it with friends.

It's about accepting people for who they are and not judging them while making you laugh at loud.

You'll be thinking about this movie long after you see it.
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