Thursday, October 20, 2011

Full Frontal (2002)

Synopsis: Self-absorbed Hollywood turds grumble about their lives between scenes from a bad movie-within-a-movie.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “It’s a chaotic day for seven strangers from Hollywood who end up at the birthday party of a mutual friend. Before the night is over, relationships are tested, hearts are broken and passions are renewed!”

What Did I Learn?: $500 is enough cash to convince a legitimate masseuse to add a ‘happy ending’ to a regular massage.

You Might Like This Movie If: You watched this four-minute ‘essay’ and figure you just have to like Full Frontal, because it’s artsy and post-modernist, and Steven Soderbergh made it!

Really?: The Human Resources VP gets a kick out of throwing an inflatable beach ball at company employees and asking extremely personal questions (including “do you find me attractive?”) as she takes pictures. How long would that be tolerated in a real company?

Rating: USA Today informed its readers to “See [Full Frontal] won’t be disappointed.” Well, I was. The movie is well-written (although the script tends to wander), and has some clever scenes, but the characters are neither all that interesting nor terribly likeable. By the end, my interest had waned. 6/10 stars.


  1. Just to clarify, this is around the same rating you gave to Raiders of the Lost Ark?

  2. That is exactly the same rating I gave to Raiders of the Lost Ark.

    Is Raiders a better movie than Full Frontal? Well, they're very different from each other, and they have different strengths and weaknesses. My rating system isn't scientific by any stretch of the imagination, so I would ask you to take each rating/review with a grain of salt; they're my impressions at this stage in my life, subject to change. Thirty years ago, I would have given Raiders 10 stars. Thirty years from now, who knows?


  3. Oops - my faux pas. I gave Raiders 6.5 out of 10 stars, while this one received only 6. Obviously, these ratings are not exactly the same. I was confused because I was going to give Full Frontal 6.5 stars, but I scaled the rating back to 6 before I published the review.


  4. 30 years from now there will be no electricity and we'll be fighting mutants!


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