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FULL FRONTAL

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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:
Coleman Hough
genre:
Drama, Romance, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Eight self-absorbed, self-deluded Hollywood types take turns not connecting in Steven Soderbergh’s bracingly stylized experiment. As his digital camera skitters among story lines — including Roberts’ magazine writer falling for the actor (Blair Underwood) she’s profiling — the director deftly orchestrates the dissonant refrains of emotionally challenged people searching for idealized love. Ranging from archly satirical to surprisingly affecting (David Hyde Pierce’s unhappily married hack screenwriter), Soderbergh’s film grabs you with show-offy style but holds you with real emotion.