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Full Frontal 2002

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2.4 out of 5 stars (45) IMDb 4.7/10

Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love), David Duchovny (TV'sCalifornication) and Blair Underwood (TV'sThe Event) star in another acclaimed triumph from Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, , 2001).

Starring:
David Duchovny, Nicky Katt
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Steven Soderbergh
Starring David Duchovny, Nicky Katt
Supporting actors Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, Enrico Colantoni, Erika Alexander, Tracy Vilar, Brandon Keener, Jeff Garlin, David Alan Basche, Terence Stamp, Nancy Lenehan, Brad Rowe, David Fincher, Jerry Weintraub, Rainn Wilson, Eddie McClintock
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By James Luckard on March 16, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Blu-Ray includes a 111 min cut of the film that's a bit different from the 101 min theatrical cut.

I think it's just a mistake, as it feels like an unfinished version. The difference in running time is more down to additional shots and portions of scenes than whole new scenes. (I ran the DVD and Blu-Ray at the same time to compare).

As this is a bargain Blu-Ray coming out with no fuss, I don't think it's an officially recut version by Soderbergh.

The 101 min version actually is on the BD as well, but only in standard definition and only with the audio commentary as audio, you cannot listen to the film audio while watching that cut of the film.

People with the DVD considering this Blu-Ray should know about these differences and know they should hang onto their DVD, even if they buy the Blu-Ray.
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Format: DVD
From a quiet little picture called "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" to big punches like "Erin Brockovich" and "Traffic", Steve Soderbergh has charted quite a route. He even made possibly one of the most enjoyable big-name movies of 2001, Ocean's Eleven.
Full Frontal was where he probably got his kicks doing something offbeat. Not many directors can, or would want to, knock off a quick, small-budget movie between major projects. But perhaps that's what makes Steven Soderbergh such an intriguing director.
To put it simply, Full Frontal confused me. Its look at Los Angeles movie-industry culture has a way of telescoping further and further outwards. Using the visual technique for which he won the Oscar for Best Director on Traffic (he again operates as his own director of photography on this movie under the alias of Peter Andrews), he separates the different storylines and worlds with different visual looks. Much of the film is shot on digital video, giving it a harsh, washed-out look. The movie-within-the-movie is on standard 35mm. And there are two move levels even beyond that, one featuring David Fincher and Brad Pitt.
I had trouble gaining full acceptance for Full Frontal. It covers its emotional resonance with layer upon layer of stylization and apathy. He holds the characters at arms length, never really showing any sympathy for their situations. Part of this is his visual style, which, while helpful in understanding the way the movie operates, tends to lend more of a documentary feel to the proceedings. Its wild tonal shifts can throw the viewer off ..., and Catherine Keener's behavior through the first two acts make it difficult to connect with her breakdown in the third.
Perhaps die-hard film geeks will rave about Full Frontal for its cleverness and its "offbeat"ness.
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By A Customer on May 13, 2003
Format: DVD
This is the kind of thing they make film and acting students watch. The idea is to show how much you can accomplish on a shoestring, with the actors encouraged to improvise. Despite the emphasis on craft, the actors come across as playing themselves. David Duchovny is bored; Katherine Keener is beautiful but arrogant; Blair Underwood is just arrogant and so on.
What this actually shows is how you can take some of the hottest actors in the world and make a self-absorbed and spectacularly dull movie. Woody Allen might have been able to breathe some life into this. Maybe.
How dull? I rented Full Frontal along with Jackass. Hard to say which was more painful.
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Format: DVD
There is a style, or class, or school of comedy characterized by something bad, or lame being repeated over and over until it becomes funny. There is something like this going on here with "Full Frontal". I saw this picture in a theater with six other people, and three of them walked out after twenty minutes. Too bad, really, since the chuckles only started to occur after the proceedings had worn you absolutely down, and twenty minutes into the picture you were only JUST starting to get exasperated. Could be that this film works better on the small screen, which I found to be the case with Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut", another excruciating experience. Warning! By no means see this movie with another recent Soderbergh picture "Solaris", or you may subsequently need therapy.
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I expected more from this highly touted film by Steven Soderbergh but sadly I felt lost and unaffected throughout the entire experience.

I know this film is supposed to be artsy and creative, something profound that only a few really dedicated souls can figure out. I understand the movie within a movie concept and I get the need for all the grainy, jittery camera shots but I think this film went too far into the ozone layer for the average person to comprehend its full meaning.

David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts, Blair Underwood, and a few other notables did good acting jobs but their characters were never really explained and then when they were things changed anyway so the theories once held were quickly swept away. David Duchovny is the "frontal" that caused all the uproar when this film originally opened, but if you blink you will miss what you came to see and it's dead anyway!

I hoped for more from Soderbergh but the interesting writing found on a few of the stories never seemed to tie all together in the end. I walked away completely confused and unsatisfied; it just wasn't a picture for me.
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