Schizopolis

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Schizopolis

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Schizopolis

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Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies and videotape, King Of The Hill) has a lot of ideas in his head, more than can be contained within a single conventional movie. While this could probably be said of most directors worth following, very few feel the need to make low-budget, experimental films starring family and friends (even an ex-wife). Schizopolis is such a movie—a wildly uneven, highly unconventional satire touching on office politics, sexual infidelity and religion (specifically Scientology), and starring Soderbergh himself. It doesn't always work, and in fact frequently doesn't work for long stretches. The humor veers from the sophisticated (hilariously deadpan TV-news parodies) to the simply dumb (those "Do Not Remove Under Penalty Of Law" tags on mattresses are funny, aren't they?), and at times Schizopolis comes off as both precious and experimental at the same time. On the other hand, it's a pretty compelling movie, flaws and all. Fast-paced and ambitious, it never bores, and Soderbergh proves himself interesting to watch in addition to being gifted behind the camera. When it does work, Schizopolis is a lot more memorable than most current video releases.

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