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SIMONE

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Simone

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
119 minutes
Wide Release Date:
08/23/02
performer:
Catherine Keener, Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Jason Schwartzman, Evan Rachel Wood
director:
Andrew Niccol
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Andrew Niccol
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C

When an unsuccessful auteur (Pacino) vaults to fame after his computer-generated ”synthespian” (Rachel Roberts) becomes a superstar, it’s an excuse for writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) to mock spoiled actors, bottom-line-crazy execs, and the gossip-drunk media. But a series of pedantic rants (beware the protagonist who talks to himself) and willfully stupid characters has Niccol’s plodding satire lacking much actual humor. Without it, it’s just synthatire.