Full Frontal (film)

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).

Full Frontal
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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]

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]



The film was announced in 2001 and Catherine Keener was the first actor attached to the project, named How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire.[2] It was billed by Miramax as "an unofficial sequel of sorts" to Sex, Lies, and Videotape.[3] In October, Julia Roberts, David Hyde Pierce, and David Duchovny were announced as leads in the project, and after the September 11 attacks, the film title was changed to The Art of Negotiating a Turn.[4]

After a phone call with Harvey Weinstein because he did not like the new movie title, Soderbergh suggested the title Full Frontal.[5] The production on the film began on November 6, 2001.[6]


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.[7] 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."[8]

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".[9] 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".[10] USA Today gave the film three out of four stars, recommending it for its "humor and talented cast".[11]


  1. ^ a b "Full Frontal (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  2. ^ "Duchovny May Join Julia Roberts in Soderbergh's 'How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire'". hive4media.com. September 10, 2001. Archived from the original on November 1, 2001. Retrieved September 21, 2019 – via The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ "Casting under way for sex, lies and videotape sequel | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  4. ^ "Film Entitled How To Survive A Hotel Room Fire May Be Changed - Hotel Business". 3 October 2001. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ Elvis Mitchell (2002-07-28). "FILM; Sketching, For a Change, On Screen - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "UK Weekend Box Office 23rd May 2003 - 25th May 2003". www.25thframe.co.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  8. ^ Full Frontal, retrieved 2017-08-27
  9. ^ Ebert, Roger (August 2, 2002). "Full Frontal". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  10. ^ Roeper, Richard (August 2, 2002). "Full Frontal". Ebert and Roeper. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  11. ^ Puig, Claudia (August 2, 2002). "Full Frontal exposes humor, not much skin". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-06-10.

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