Rating: R for language, sexual content
Run Time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
Soderbergh’s ode to the dirty underbelly of
I mean effort with a capital E. This is a big, sloppy ensemble comedy that makes “Memento” look clear-cut. The production notes offer the following synopsis pointers: “Linda would love to be loved. Carl loves his wife Lee. Lee is looking to be loved by Calvin. Calvin plays Nicholas who discovers he’s in love with Catherine. Catherine, who is really Francesca, finds true love and Gus loves himself”. Confused? You should be.
amusing day-in-the-life of the restless residents of the City of
Performances are earnest and straightforward, if somewhat lost in a narrative muddle. Catherine Keener (as Human Resources VP Lee) gives her bitterest performance to date – all brittle female angst. Julia Roberts romps through her Catherine/Francesca (movie/reality) with improvisational glee. Clever turns by Nicky Katt (as a contemporary, theatrical Hitler) and David Duchovny (as slimeball producer Gus) lend comic relief. Blair Underwood, Mary McCormack, and David Hyde Pierce round out the talented ensemble.
Shot in only eighteen days, “Full Frontal” oozes a low-budget indie feel. Lovers of the straightforward should skip it. If you’re into puzzling intellectual exercise coupled with the elusive search for true love, this is your movie.