Full Frontal is directed by Steven Soderbergh and has an all-star cast led by Julia Roberts and Catherine Keener. So why isn't this a better movie? Maybe Soderbergh was due for a bit of a let down after being on such a roll with Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and Ocean's Eleven. Actually, I think he just wanted to make a home movie. Large parts of Full Frontal have a home-movie feel. The story is a film within a film. It centers on two actors (Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood), following them on both sides of the camera. The quality of the footage tells you, in case you don't notice Julia Roberts' hair and clothes changing, which side of the camera you are on at any given time. Behind the camera, the footage is grainy video while in front of the camera, it is nice film stock. I have to say that I didn't need this device to help me discern between the two ``worlds" and the video footage was distracting because the quality was so (I assume intentionally) bad. Also, the movie was shot in only 18 days and it shows. Supposedly, the actors had to bring their own food and costumes, and didn't get trailers or chauffeurs. No wonder they all look so unhappy in the movie! Also in the cast are a magazine writer (David Hyde Pierce), his hard driving executive suite wife (Catherine Keener), her masseuse sister (Mary McCormack), her internet boyfriend (Enrico Colantoni) and an actor in his play about Hitler (Nicky Katt). They are all going to attend a party for a producer (David Duchovny). Terrence Stamp walks by a couple of times but I wasn't sure he was really in the movie. Brad Pitt does a brief cameo, playing himself.
Full Frontal is supposed
to be arty. Call me a boor but I just found it boring. Things
are bad when Julia Roberts, Catherine Keener and Mary McCormack can't get
me excited. The most fun is provided by Nicky Katt, best known from
Boston Public, who turns
into a little Hitler while playing Hitler. In case you were wondering,
the title does not refer to Julia or anyone else taking it all off although
there is a bizarre scene where David Duchovny is in dire need of a release.
Duchovny's part in Full Frontal is as weird as anything he's done
in Twin Peaks or The
X-Files. Much as I love the cast and the director, I can't recommend
Full Frontal. Neither of the plots involving Roberts and Underwood
were at all interesting. And Catherine Keener has played her role
in too many movies. All of the cast seems to be wandering around
wondering what they are doing there. That's how I felt watching the