Full Frontal (film)

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Full Frontal
Full Frontal (movie poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Soderbergh
Produced byGregory Jacobs
Scott Kramer
Written byColeman Hough
Music byJacques Davidovici
Edited bySarah Flack
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • August 2, 2002 (2002-08-02)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2 million
Box office$3.4 million[1]

Full Frontal is a 2002 film by Steven Soderbergh about a day in the life of a handful of characters in Hollywood. It stars Catherine Keener, Blair Underwood, David Duchovny, Julia Roberts, Mary McCormack, Brad Pitt, and David Hyde Pierce. The film was shot on digital video using the Canon XL-1s in under a month.

The film blurs the line between what is real and what is fiction in its depiction of a film within a film (and possibly within another). It is in the loose structural style and narrative ambiguity of the French New Wave, and it received critical notice for this style.[citation needed]



Full Frontal began production on November 6, 2001.[2]


Full Frontal had a limited release in the United States on August 2, 2002, opening in 208 theaters, and earning $739,834 its first weekend.[1] The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2003, and failed to reach the Top 10.[3]

It received negative reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 38% based on reviews from 142 critics, with the site's consensus: "An [sic] confusing movie made worse by the poor camera work."[4]

Writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert called Full Frontal "a film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable".[5] Richard Roeper also gave the film a poor review, writing that it was "like the 'Special Features' disc of the DVD without the original movie".[6] USA Today gave the film three out of four stars, recommending it for its "humor and talented cast".[7]


  1. ^ a b "Full Frontal (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  2. ^ "Steven Soderbergh Begins Production on 'Full Frontal,' A Contemporary Comedy for Miramax Films". PR Newswire. Cision. November 14, 2001. Archived from the original on November 15, 2001. Retrieved June 9, 2019 – via Yahoo.com.
  3. ^ "UK Weekend Box Office 23rd May 2003 - 25th May 2003". www.25thframe.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  4. ^ Full Frontal, retrieved 2017-08-27
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 2, 2002). "Full Frontal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  6. ^ Roeper, Richard (August 2, 2002). "Full Frontal". Ebert and Roeper. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  7. ^ Puig, Claudia (August 2, 2002). "Full Frontal exposes humor, not much skin". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-06-10.

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