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Full Frontal

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Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, ...
Full Frontal: Bob Marshak

Full Frontal

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
101 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/02/02
performer:
David Duchovny, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, Nicky Katt, Brad Pitt, Brad Rowe, Terence Stamp
director:
Steven Soderbergh
distributor:
Miramax
author:
61369
genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B-

He wanted to make a flick fast and cheap. so Soderbergh got digital cameras, set up a $2 million, 18-day shoot in L.A., and banned all time- and budget-busting accoutrements, including limos and makeup artists. ”I wanted to shoot a movie like [the TV show] ‘Cops,”’ says Soderbergh. ”My girlfriend [E!’s Jules Asner] turned me on to it.” The script, a sequel to Soderbergh’s 1989 career-maker ”sex, lies and videotape” only ”in the karmic sense,” follows new characters over 24 hours, as a magazine journalist (Roberts) shows up on set to interview a major movie star (Underwood). The pair shot their scenes together in five days, and Underwood reports, ”We almost never worked past 5 or 6 o’clock. The whole process was streamlined” — except for extensive improvisations.

Choosing a title involved some riffing too. The first choice, ” How to Survive a Hotel Fire,” ”just didn’t seem very amusing after September 11,” says Soderbergh. He’s fond of his second choice, ”The Art of Negotiating a Turn,” but it made Miramax honcho Harvey Weinstein so unhappy, Soderbergh says, ”I thought he was going to do himself harm.”

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