Full Frontal (2002)

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Critic Consensus: An confusing movie made worse by the poor camera work.

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Described as a modern-day Hollywood version of Day for Night, director Steven Soderbergh's first digital video production was also shot employing a modified version of the frills-free Dogma 95 rules set forth by Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, allowing a relatively small budget of about two million dollars. Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood star, respectively, as Francesca and Calvin, actors performing in a motion picture directed by David Fincher and co-starring Brad Pitt (who play themselves). Woven in and out of the film production story thread are several other subplots including one about a lovelorn woman, Linda (Mary McCormack); the self-absorbed Gus (David Duchovny); and a husband, Carl (David Hyde Pierce), whose wife (Catherine Keener) is falling for Calvin. Described initially as a follow-up to Soderbergh's independent breakout hit, sex, lies and videotape, Full Frontal isn't a sequel in the strictest sense of the word and is only thematically related to the earlier film in its exploration of voyeurism and sexuality. The film also stars Brad Rowe, Enrico Colantoni, and Nicky Katt.
Rating:
R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Julia Roberts
as Francesca
Nicky Katt
as Hitler
Tracy Vilar
as Heather
Brandon Keener
as Francesca's Assistant
Jeff Garlin
as Harvey
Nancy Lenehan
as Woman on Plane
Brian Krow
as Bellboy
Brad Rowe
as Sam Osbourne
David Fincher
as Film Director
Brad Pitt
as Himself
David Alan Basche
as Nicholas' Agent
Rainn Wilson
as First Fired Employee
Eddie McClintock
as Second Fired Employee
Dina Waters
as Third Fired Employee
Sandra Oh
as Fourth Fired Employee
Justina Machado
as Linda's Friend in Kitchen
Meagen Fay
as Diane
Joe Chrest
as Sex Shop Man No.1
Wayne Pére
as Sex Shop Man No.2
Anthony Powers
as Male Massage Client
Alison Ebbert
as Hitler Girlfriend
Jennifer Brusciano
as Hitler Hitchhiker
Al Ahlf
as Hitler Guard
Lacy Livingston
as Miramax Receptionist
Patrick Fischer
as Harvey, Probably's Assistant
Nathalie Seaver
as Clothing Store Owner
Soledad St. Hilaire
as Hotel Housekeeper
Roger Garcia
as Vampire Neighbor
Laurent Schwaar
as Concierge
Dawn Suggs
as Hotel Hostess
Charlotte Puckett
as Hotel Waitress
Monica Lee Burland
as Theater Patron
Kenn Wood
as Theater Patron
Cynthia Gibb
as Pregnant Woman
Andrew Connolly
as Partygoer
Chris DeRose
as Partygoer
Randy Lowell
as Partygoer
Pliny Porter
as Partygoer
Coleman Hough
as Partygoer
Terence Stamp
as Himself (uncredited)
Harvey Weinstein
as Himself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Full Frontal

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (38)

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Full Review… | August 5, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Soderbergh is so busy trying to create his movie-within-a-movie -- and, in at least one instance, his movie-within- a-movie-within -a-movie -- that he botches the enclosing movie.

August 11, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The best you can say about Full Frontal, an ensemble piece that flirts with ideas about illusion and reality, is that the movie qualifies as a failed experiment.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

A boring, amateurish, incomprehensible and stupefyingly pretentious pile of swill.

Full Review… | August 8, 2002
New York Observer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Full Frontal

When you have been working for many years, and are one of the most versatile and prolific filmmakers out there, it only seems inevitable that eventually you'll produce a work that's bad, if not almost totally awful. That is the case here with this mess from Steven Soderbergh. Shot primarily on digital, this is a loose ensemble piece executed in a manner loosely based on the Dogma 95 movement, as well as the French New Wave to an extent. We get multiple threads following a bunch of people all invited to the party of a mutual friend. We weave in and out of these various subplots, but the one that seems to linger the most involves an actor and actress working on a movie directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt (who both appear as themselves). Throughout the movie we are treated to this film within a film as well. I really wanted to like this, not just because it's Soderbergh, but because of its reputation. I'm sorry to say that I'm going with the crowd on this one. Sometimes I like loose, breezy plot-light films ,but here it's just dull, meandering, and pretentious. It also really looks like crap, being shot on digital and all, and it's more frustrating since the film within the film is shot to look like a regular movie, making it distracting. I'm also okay with movies that blur the line between reality and not, but here it's just an incoherent mess. The actors make it worth it, hence why my grade isn't lower, and I do like the playful jabs at Fincher's obsessive compulsion to shoot take after take, but bottom line, I'm just gonna chalk this one up to being a nice idea that just fell apart. Some of this is interesting, and if it were shorter, it'd be a little easier to swallow, but in the end, I'm just gonna thank everyone from trying, and hope they learn their lesson.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

Comes across as trying a little too hard to be edgy. I did however find myself drawn to some characters and situations in particular. I especially liked the scenes with David Hyde Pierce and the veterinarian.

Laura Cameron
Laura Cameron

Super Reviewer

I'll never understand the universal hate of Full Frontal; it's a good movie.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer

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