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Full Frontal
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Starring: Blair Underwood, Julia Roberts, David Hyde Pierce, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, Erika Alexander, Rainn Wilson, David Duchovny, Enrico Colantoni
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Miramax Films
Web Site: www.fullfrontal.com
Kiddie Movie: For God's sake, leave them at home.
Date Movie: For God's sake, leave her at home.
Gratuitous Sex: 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.
Gratuitous Violence: Just seeing Duchovny with a plastic bag over his head.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: It did actually some funny moments.
Memorable Scene: It would have probably been the Keener/Underwood scene had it been in focus.
Memorable Quote: The vet to Pierce, looking at what was left of the hash brownies that the dog had eaten: "Are you gonna throw that out?"
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh
Produced By: Gregory Jacobs, Scott Kramer

Full Frontal
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:41 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

"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 of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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