Movie Stats & Links
||Blair Underwood, Julia Roberts,
David Hyde Pierce, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, Erika
Alexander, Rainn Wilson, David Duchovny, Enrico Colantoni
||For God's sake,
leave them at home.
||For God's sake,
leave her at home.
||You don't see
Duchovny's johnson, and there is a scene with Keener and
Underwood but it's so artsily out of focus that all you get
are blobs moving around.
Duchovny with a plastic bag over his head.
||It did actually
some funny moments.
||It would have
probably been the Keener/Underwood scene had it been in focus.
||The vet to Pierce,
looking at what was left of the hash brownies that the dog had
eaten: "Are you gonna throw that out?"
||Gregory Jacobs, Scott Kramer
Supposedly the budget was only two million dollars,
and then there was the list of rules where the actors and actresses
werenít pampered or fed, but if the end version of "Full Frontal" is
all you get for that, maybe they should have put a few more million
into the film.
A Movie Review
"Full Frontal" is being touted as Steven Soderbergh
returning to his roots, being experimental, and not being fancy, like
his classic "sex, lies, and videotape", but you know what, give me
"Oceanís Eleven" any day over the piece of crap I just sat through.
The movie tries to be fun by being sort of a "film within a film"
type of thing, all the while having the characters intertwining. You
get the likes of Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, Catherine Keener,
David Hyde Pierce, Mary McCormack, and David Duchovny.
Duchovny plays a man named Gus, sort of the reason all of the
people are featured, because it is his birthday party that they are
all getting together for. Keener is Lee, a whack-job whose marriage to
Carl (Pierce) is falling apart, all the while humiliating people
before she fires them. Carl works with Ed (Enrico Colantoni), theyíve
written a play called "The Sound and the Fuhrer" about Hitler.
Meanwhile Ed is planning on having an internet rendezvous with Linda
(McCormack) (they don't know each other yet), who is also the sister
of Lee, but who Lee wants to her to hook up with Gus. Linda is a
masseuse who actually does hook up with Gus, only he calls himself
Bill, and during his massage he gets mightily aroused and asks Linda,
who is going under the name Anne, to give him a happy ending. So, do
you get all of that? Oh wait, I forgot about Julia Roberts and Blair
Underwood who play four different characters in the film that also
sort of mix with the other characters.
Sure, that all sounds confusing, but really it all tied together
nicely. So why do I call this movie a piece of crap? Well, as in
"Traffic", another Soderbergh film, itís not the story I didnít like,
nor the way all of the characters seemed to intertwine, but for me the
movie was crap simply because of the way it was shot. Like "Traffic,"
Soderbergh uses a difference film effect for each individual story.
Scenes with Roberts and Underwood, where they were the actor being
interviewed by the reporter, were shot in normal color, in focus, and
looked, well, like a normal movie. Scenes with everyone else were
grainy, dreadfully out of focus at times, shaded a little differently
for each, and quite honestly looked like something I could shoot with
my friendís digital movie camera. I know itís artsy, I know itís
supposed to be edgy, but I just find it highly annoying, annoying
enough in fact that it actually takes away from the lives of the
characters that I am supposed to being engulfed in.
I could have probably gotten past the fact that the title is
deceiving because there really isnít any full frontal in this film and
it wasnít even Julia whose frontal I was looking to see, I would have
preferred McCormackís. The closest you get is seeing a pitched tent
while Gus/Bill has his massage, and a quick look at Gus with a plastic
bag over his head. Also, I'm not usually one for a movie which is
basically all talking. I just couldn't get past the way the
movie just looked like crap.
This could have been a pretty decent, artsy and edgy movie if it
was just shot to look like a normal film. Sadly, for me, the way it
was shot ruined any chance I had of connecting with the characters and
instead I came away with a headache. 3 stars for the story, zero stars
for the filmmaking, and that leaves "Full Frontal" with 1 Ĺ stars out
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!