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Still shot from the movie: Dear Frankie.

Dear Frankie

Rather than tell her son Frankie (Jack McElhone) the truth about his estranged father, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) has been secretly answering the letters he writes to the man he believes to be a sailor. But when the real ship of the pretend dad arrives in their homeport, Lizzie is forced to either fess-up, or produce a reasonable facsimile. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 03 Mar 2005
Video Release: 04 Jul 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Is a lie ever warranted? What were Lizzie’s other choices? If you’ve seen the film, keep in mind how Frankie may have reacted after knowing the consequences of his father’s actions.

How does culture change the way people are portrayed in movies? What do you see in this film that may not be included in an American movie?

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