Schizopolis

A quirky lark by Soderbergh as he strings together a bunch of crazies via a series of comic-absurdist vignettes. At times it’s a bit slow and the situations are not that compelling while, at others. At others, it’s outright hilarious. Throughout, Schizopolis displays the assuredness of an excellent filmmaker–the pacing, tone, and lunacy are all consistently maintained. I particularly loved Soderbergh’s dual role of the dentist and the self-help corporation stooge. More than anything, this feels like a filmmaking exercise from someone eager to stretch his legs, do something goofy, and experiment, all of which Soderbergh does without losing his audience. Funny stuff.

Grade: B

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Written by: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Steven Soderbergh, Betsy Brantley, David Jensen, Mike Malone, Eddie Jemison

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