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This film is a satire about the lack of real communication found in contemporary high-tech society.With no real narrative, beginning, or ending credits, it centers on Munson, his wife, and a bizarre orange-clad goggle-wearing exterminator named Elmo.

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Steven Soderbergh
as Fletcher Munson/Dentist, Munson
Betsy Brantley
as Mrs. Munson/Attractive Woman No. 2
Dave Jensen
as Elmo Oxygen
Eddie Jemison
as Nameless Numberheadman
Scott Allen
as Right-Hand Man
Mike Malone
as T. Azimuth Schwitters
Katherine LaNasa
as Attractive Woman No. 1
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Critic Reviews for Schizopolis

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Audience Reviews for Schizopolis

  • Oct 08, 2015
    Schizopolis is piled with layers of amusement for the id, ego, and superego. People earn their liberal arts degrees in order to be able to watch and understand this film. Some of it is outright funny (like a man with no pants running around) or weird funny (e.g. an exterminator milkman that talks like the $10,000 Pyramid on Mars), but much of it you have got to get it to get it (not all of it, but some amount); this is, after all, satire and social commentary. So if postmodernism and the contemporary art section of your local museum is not your bag, then you are still probably in the target audience for Schizopolis, but it will likely be a miss. On the other hand, if you are a fan of the 90s era, Office Space and Short Cuts, then Schizopolis may just be your kind of movie.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2013
    Admiring how bad this film is intended to be, is easy, but accepting the circumstances under which is was made is kind of upsetting. Director Steven Soderbergh had created a film that is truly one of the worst films in cinema, but he is also someone who hates Hollywood and loves the independent Film Industry. It has been very difficult for him to get his films made in the past, even though his films have won Academy Awards in the past. Not one part of this film makes any sense, and that was his intention to give a "F#@K YOU" to the film board. I admire his attempt, but nobody can even comprehend what even happens in this film and every filmmaking aspect is absolutely terrible. This is easily one of the worst films I've ever seen, but because of the circumstances, I'll give it a little credit.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 09, 2012
    Soderburgh's comic commentary on the vapidness of ordinary American life plays like a Youtube vid made by aspiring actors hoping for that one big break. Only for his fans and those considering imitation.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2012
    Basically a series of absurd sketches, like a feature film made by a TV comedy troupe, with a thin organizing plot thread involving a man straining to write a big speech for a cultlike figure modeled on L. Ron Hubbard. Full of ideas that are usually more clever than funny---e.g., the running joke satirizing lack of communication between men and women by having the characters speak jibberish, generic phrases, or different languages---but it should prove interesting and inventive enough to keep smart people watching to the end. Director Steven Soderbergh comes onscreen before the story starts and tells us, "In the event that you find certain sequences or ideas confusing, please bear in mind that this is your fault, not ours. You will need to see the picture again and again until you understand everything." So, you've been warned.
    Greg S Super Reviewer

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