When an unsuccessful auteur (Pacino) vaults to fame after his computer-generated ”synthespian” (Rachel Roberts) becomes a superstar, it’s an excuse for writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) to mock spoiled actors, bottom-line-crazy execs, and the gossip-drunk media. But a series of pedantic rants (beware the protagonist who talks to himself) and willfully stupid characters has Niccol’s plodding satire lacking much actual humor. Without it, it’s just synthatire.
Genre: Comedy, Drama; Starring: Catherine Keener, Al Pacino, Rachel Roberts, Jay Mohr, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Jason Schwartzman, Evan Rachel Wood; Director: Andrew Niccol; Author: Andrew Niccol; Release Date Wide: 08/23/2002; Runtime (in minutes): 119; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: New Line Cinema
Posted January 24 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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