Full Frontal (2002)

STEVEN SODERBERGH

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  

USA, 2002.  , , , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

A group of characters spend their day in various complications until they are all (or most of them anyway) united at a Hollywood producer’s birthday party. A neurotic Human Resources manager () is ready to leave her magazine-writer husband () because of her affair with a sexy movie star (). Her sister () is a massage therapist who has a pretty dangerous encounter with the birthday boy (), and is going on a blind date with a playwright () who has written Underwood’s latest film and is currently producing a play about Hitler (starring ). Meanwhile, we are treated to glimpses of the Duchovny’s latest project, a dry romantic comedy starring Underwood and , but none of these complications or added layers prevent the film from being a giant bore. The characters are overly familiar when they’re not being annoying, the dialogue is flavourless, and the film that Underwood and Roberts are making seems like it’s about as weak as the one we’re watching. There are a few good performances, particularly the magical Keener and a shockingly hilarious turn by Katt as an actor who really believes in dedication to his craft. Otherwise it’s pretty deadly.

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