It’s generally a good practice for a filmmaker not to cast their family and friends in a movie (it’s not even the wisest to hire them as crew members either). SO what was Chris Brown thinking when he cast his wife, Jill Pixley, as Fanny in his new movie that was shown at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival during opening weekend, “Fanny, Annie & Danny”? Well, he did write the part for her and they are still married so production must have gone smoothly. Happily, the movie came out pretty good too.
Fanny is a developmentally disabled adult living in a group home. She has a sister, Annie (Carlye Pollack), who is engaged to Todd (Nick Frangione). Annie is planning her dream wedding even if it is beyond her and Todd’s means. Annie also has started to fear for her job security, she works as a dental assistant, when her boss wants to interview new girls to “help her out”. Danny (Jonathan Leveck) is the brother to both who happens to be a crooked record producer. They are the children of Ronnie (George Killingsworth), a Vietnam veteran and Edie (Colette Keen) a mother who makes Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford from “Mommy Dearest” look like an angel. Together they put the completely F-ed up in dysfunctional family. The family celebrates Christmas a week before the actual holiday and it is anything but merry in this household.