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Full Frontal

  • Rated R
  • HD and SD formats available

comedy, drama, romance

It's a chaotic day for seven strangers from Hollywood who end up at the birthday party of a mutual friend.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Some vivid moments, but overall, just so-so.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that as the title indicates, this movie includes explicit nudity, explicit and varied sexual references and situations, and very strong language. A character dies, apparently from auto-erotic asphyxiation. Characters drink and smoke and eat hash brownies. There are tense emotional scenes. Parents may want to see the film themselves before deciding whether it's appropriate for teen viewing.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Soderburgh told the story this way and what a movie they would make with their friends and families would be like.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Amy Taubin, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Rotten: Mr. Soderbergh's direction and visual style struck me as unusually and unimpressively fussy and pretentious.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, August 8, 2002

Fresh: Adds up to less than its admittedly entertaining parts.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, August 2, 2002

Audience Reviews

2 stars

When you have been working for many years, and are one of the most versatile and prolific filmmakers out there, it only seems inevitable that eventually you'll produce a work that's bad, if not almost totally awful. That is the case here with this mess from Steven Soderbergh. Shot primarily on digital, this is a loose ensemble piece executed in a manner loosely based on the Dogma 95 movement, as well as the French New Wave to an extent. We get multiple threads following a bunch of people all invited to the party of a mutual friend. We weave in and out of these various subplots, but the one that seems to linger the most involves an actor and actress working on a movie directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt (who both appear as themselves). Throughout the movie we are treated to this film within a film as well. I really wanted to like this, not just because it's Soderbergh, but because of its reputation. I'm sorry to say that I'm going with the crowd on this one. Sometimes I like loose, breezy plot-light films ,but here it's just dull, meandering, and pretentious. It also really looks like crap, being shot on digital and all, and it's more frustrating since the film within the film is shot to look like a regular movie, making it distracting. I'm also okay with movies that blur the line between reality and not, but here it's just an incoherent mess. The actors make it worth it, hence why my grade isn't lower, and I do like the playful jabs at Fincher's obsessive compulsion to shoot take after take, but bottom line, I'm just gonna chalk this one up to being a nice idea that just fell apart. Some of this is interesting, and if it were shorter, it'd be a little easier to swallow, but in the end, I'm just gonna thank everyone from trying, and hope they learn their lesson.

- cosmo313, Monday, January 28, 2013

3 stars

I'll never understand the universal hate of Full Frontal; it's a good movie.

- YLOWBSTARDreturns, Friday, September 21, 2007

3 stars

If you're in the mood for random weirdness look no further.

- mjgildea, Friday, October 27, 2006