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Schizopolis (1996)

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Fletcher Munson, the lethargic employee of a pseudo-religious self help company, and his doppelganger, the friendly but dull dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek.

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Uncredited cast:
Scott Allen ...
Right Hand Man (uncredited)
Betsy Brantley ...
Mrs. Munson / Attractive Woman #2 (uncredited)
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Corporate Mole (uncredited)
Silas Cooper ...
The Mysterious Couple (uncredited)
C.C. Courtney ...
Man Being Interviewed (uncredited)
Sonny Cranch ...
Pastor (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Photo Store Customer (uncredited)
Andre Dubroc ...
Corporate Drone (uncredited)
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Mrs. Schwitters (uncredited)
John Hardy ...
Talkshow Host (uncredited)
Coleman Hough ...
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Lori Jefferson ...
Dental Patient (uncredited)
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Nameless Numberhead Man (uncredited)
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Elmo Oxygen (uncredited)
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Fletcher Munson is a lethargic, passive worker for a Scientology-like self-help corporation called Eventualism. After the death of a colleague, he is promoted to the job of writing speeches for T. Azimuth Schwitters, the founder and head of the group. He uses this as an excuse to be emotionally and romantically distant from his wife, who, he discovers, is having an affair with his doppelganger, a dentist named Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. As Munson fumbles with the speech and Korchek becomes obsessed with a new patient, a psychotic exterminator named Elmo Oxygen goes around the town seducing lonely wives and taking photographs of his genitals. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Steven Soderbergh cast his ex-wife, Betsy Brantley, to play his character's wife. Their two characters were a husband and wife who had drifted apart and could not communicate. See more »

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Elmo Oxygen: I can make sense out of yesterday. Can you understand the power of that?
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27 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

If big star Hollywood movies are your favorites, this might not be for you. You should give it a chance, though. It's very fun.

Schizopolis is an incredible treatise on communication and perception in a cinematic form. Supposedly, Soderberg made this movie as a way of cleansing his pallet.

(As pallet cleansing or writer's block bypassing projects go, it ranks up with the Coen brothers hitting a writer's block around the third act of Miller's Crossing, putting the project on hold and writing the screenplay for Barton Fink, a movie about an author with writer's block.)

Our concepts and perception of reality, especially about communication, seems to be the main playing ground for this movie. Schizopolis is an experimental project, yet flaunts its three act structure. The movie can give you new ways to think about daily life and reality, without resorting to sci-fi religious hogwash, which the movie also lampoons perfectly.

The movie has no credits, if that says anything. The movie's title is shown on a T-shirt worn by an otherwise naked man being chased. And that's just the start.


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