Phone Booth Hungry for some facile, heavy-handed preaching without the stigma of an evangelical thriller? Try Phone Booth , director Joel Schumacher's high-concept morality play about a… Phone Booth Hungry for some facile, heavy-handed preaching without the stigma of an evangelical thriller? Try Phone Booth , director Joel Schumacher's high-concept morality play about a…
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Phone Booth (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
Colin Farrell, Phone Booth | DIAL M FOR MISERABLE Farrell's got a bad connection in the hostage thriller ''Phone Booth''
Image credit: Phone Booth: Chistine Loss
DIAL M FOR MISERABLE Farrell's got a bad connection in the hostage thriller ''Phone Booth''
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Jul 08, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Colin Farrell; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Hungry for some facile, heavy-handed preaching without the stigma of an evangelical thriller? Try Phone Booth, director Joel Schumacher's high-concept morality play about a scurrilous publicist named Stu Shepard (Colin Farrell) pinned down at a pay phone by a righteous sniper (voiced by Kiefer Sutherland, whose silkily stilted delivery makes him sound like he's competing in the world's cheesiest poetry slam). Framed for murder by his unseen assailant, our latter-day Sidney Falco can neither leave the booth -- located in the heart of New York City's Retired Stereotype District, ringed with the hooker and pimp caricatures of yesteryear -- nor explain the situation to the police without risking a hail of bullets.

Of course, Stu deserves this: He's guilty of lying (ooh!), lusting in his heart (ahh!), and murdering a Bronx accent -- and soon the media circus is on hand to broadcast his true confessions to the world. Problem is, a guy like Stu (whose chief offense is ''the sin of spin,'' we're cornily informed) would probably enjoy the attention -- in the world of reality TV, all publicity is good publicity, right? Here's a really scary thought: What if you threw a crisis of conscience and nobody came?

Originally posted Jul 08, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints
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