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Full Frontal

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Full Frontal

Starring: Blair Underwood, Julia Roberts
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Rated: R
RunTime: 107 Minutes
Release Date: August 2002
Genres: Comedy, Drama

*Also starring: David Fincher, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Brad Rowe, Jerry Weintraub, David Duchovny

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Review by Steve Rhodes
½ star out of 4

Memo to Steven Soderbergh: Boring is boring, and ugly is ugly.

FULL FRONTAL, the self-indulgent new picture by Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC), features actors awkwardly delivering incredibly boring lines in a failed attempt at realism. It is one of the worst movies of the year.

The story uses the old movie within a movie setup. Much of the movie is shot with an overexposed, extremely grainy, unfocused, shaky and indecipherable look that will remind you of some of your embarrassing vacation videos that you plan on taping over as soon as you can. Although the ugly cinematography was clearly designed to give the movie a heightened sense of realism, what it gives you instead is a headache, since its low quality images cause you to squint so often. If Soderbergh wanted to make a vanity piece with all of his friends in it, he didn't have to release it to theaters, where, I suspect, it will incur the wrath of many viewers. The large number who walk out will be just as enraged as those who waste their time by staying.

The confusing story features a large number of characters, none of whom we really get to know. The saving grace is that the movie offers us no reason to care about any of these remarkably shallow people. The large and accomplished cast, including Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, David Hyde Pierce, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack and David Duchovny, is completely wasted.

"I just want this day to be over!" Lee (Catherine Keener) complains to her to husband Carl (David Hyde Pierce). I felt the same way about the film itself. I couldn't wait for the picture to end. Watching it was painful.

FULL FRONTAL runs 1:47. It is rated R for "language and some sexual content" and would be acceptable for teenagers.

I would include my son, Jeffrey's, comments here, except that he and my wife wisely walked out.

Copyright 2002 Steve Rhodes

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