Frankenhood (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Lions Gate || R - 92 minutes - $26.98 || May 5, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-10

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Blaxwell Smart
Writer(s): Dan Filie (written by)
Cast: DeRay Davis, Jasper Redd, Charles Murphy

Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Featurette

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Motown (DeRay Davis) and Darius (Jasper Redd) work at a morgue in town to support themselves. Franklin (Charles Murphy) is a cadaver, and for those who donít know, that means he cuts up dead bodies and such for a living. Sounds real fun, but trust me the job in real life is way more entertaining than this film was overall. Moving back to the story, Motown and Davis go to work one day and Franklin sends them on a mission to some guyís house that just died, Frankie (Bob Sapp) to get some items. Or something like that, I honestly couldnít follow as to why they were going to loot some dead guyís house, but Iím sure the reason I provided is better than what actually happened.

Oh, I forgot to mention that this film is about basketball, although that doesnít actually happen until the end of the movie. Motown and Darius want to play in an upcoming tournament for prize money, but they suck at the sport and lose every year. Thatís somewhat relevant soon, so I might as well talk about it. They get the crap kicked out of them during a practice game against Leon (J.B. Smoove) and his crew, where Motownís sister ends up punching Motown for offering her up as a prize to the winner. Great family, right?

So when the dynamic duo decide to go visit Frankieís house, they raid his fridge and find a bag of weed behind the television set, which I guess is what they were sent to look for in the first place. Upon finding it behind the big screen television, and meanwhile they make a few lame jokes about drugs and high definition, they start to smoke it. Thereís also Frankieís body lying on the middle of a table in the room as well, but that doesnít startle people these days apparently. They get some food out of the fridge when Motown accuses Darius of ďletting one looseĒ twice in a row. Darius denies the claims, and the two turn around to see, guess who, Frankie standing up behind them. Heís not dead after all, heís now a Frankenhood. Rather than run out of the place screaming, the three bond together, and by bond, I mean dress Frankie up in clothes, which for some reason turn out to be womenís clothes and a few incredibly distasteful shots that I donít know why or how they got Frankie to do this for a movie. He seriously must have been paid oogles of money to do so.

Frankie isnít the brightest bulb in the bunch, and as such, doesnít really know how to do anything in real life anymore. Motown and Darius bring him to their house, and try to teach him basic things like eating and having manners at the dinner table. Heís pretty lousy at both, but they bring him to the basketball court the next day and realize he may be their golden ticket to winning the tournament. But can they win the tournament? Are there any jokes in this film? Why was this movie made again?

Awful, dreadful, and any other word that means stupid and ends with ful describe Frankenhood to the teeth. The characters are just stupid, the acting, well, letís be honest, thereís not much there to go off of, and the plot is ridiculous. Who honestly thought this was a good movie to make? Heck, I can come up with better movies than this one, how much are they getting paid? Iíll do it 99 percent less than what they got paid, and still make more money in the end!


Deleted Scenes (8 minutes): These are worse than the movie, if you can believe that.

Behind the Scenes (11 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the flick, and the roles that they played. Just like the previous feature, this can be passed on too.


There are issues with the movie from start to finish, but they are primarily the same issues throughout. The flick goes from being too bright in one scene, then two seconds later in a different angle or shot apparently the sun set in that short time and the characters are much darker than they just were. Thereís also a decent amount of noise and grain that is present, which at times makes a few of the scenes hard to watch. Itís still passable for a DVD transfer, but not by much.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track that comes with the movie isnít the best Iíve heard, but uh, well, itís not the worst. The main menu sounds better than the entire movie itself, which I donít think is a good thing. Surround use is limited at best, as even during the basketball scenes (of which there are only a few) the rears were barely used. Almost all of the sound came from the front speakers, and mainly the center channel. This sounds more like a Dolby Digital 1.0 track than anything else to be honest. Dialogue is also light and not too crisp and clear, which was also disappointing.


For a movie about basketball, this one doesnít dribble anywhere on the court. It sports crappy special features and the technical side is fairly weak compared to recent releases Iíve seen. This is one movie to not bother getting pumped up to see, just turn around and go play baseball or soccer. Whatever it is that kids play these days; go do that as that will be way better than watching this one.