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Eat That Question - Frank Zappa In His Own Words

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Thorsten Schütte

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About the Movie

Told solely through rare and never before seen historic footage of Frank Zappa’s highly acclaimed 30-year career, this unique 90 minute documentary is an energetic celebration of an often outspoken and brilliant musician. Unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances from one of rock and roll’s most legendary self-taught musicians have been painstakingly gathered across decades by director Thorsten Schütte from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unparalleled look at one of the brightest minds popular music has ever witnessed.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 68
  • Fresh: 62
  • Rotten: 6
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Along the way, we are given an overview of Zappa's career, from his early albums with the Mothers of Invention through his not particularly accessible classical compositions. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Jun 23, 2016

Fresh: Eat That Question is a fitting title for a movie that never quite gets at the mystery of Zappa's contradictions, even as it stacks up intimate live clips and fierce monologues from a rich trove of vintage interviews. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2016

Fresh: Along the way, we learn some things that may be surprising. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 23, 2016

Fresh: Although there is some nice performance footage, the film isn't a good way for a beginner to get a grip on Zappa's music, which spans from proto-punk to classical. It is a nice journey through Zappa's mind for the already converted. – Zach Schonfeld, Newsweek, Jul 8, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Fantastic Insight into FZ

A great insight into the world of FZ through performances and interviews at various points throughout his career, all done without narration and only by letting the information present itself. My only concern would be that I would have liked to have seen subtitles for the people speaking languages other than English, but otherwise it's very well put together and a great retrospect overall. I hope FZ is smiling somewhere....

Interesting, though not insightful

The documentary is mostly a collection of media interviews with Zappa, along with some concert footage. It's worth watching just to see Frank on the political debate show Crossfire, which was completely surreal. The movie is a little disappointing in the sense that you don't get a lot of further insight into Frank, who he really is as a person and how he came to be who he was. This is probably because the interviewers were pretty terrible and didn't give him good questions. The answers were Frank's, but the questions weren't. And as Frank says at the beginning of the film, interviewing someone on camera is one of the most unnatural things you can do with them, so it's hard to get a real sense of someone that way. Nonetheless, if you're a Zappa fan, or just find him intriguing, the documentary is worth checking out.

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