Dropping Out (2000)
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The goal of the movie, I think, was to show a dark and complex world of Emile in the early scenes. The colors are darker in these early scenes and they are juxtaposed with vibrant dream sequences where the look remarkable. Then as his death wish becomes more and more publicized and the crew for his documentary becomes exponentially larger the feel of the picture is purposefully that of a rushed and insincere Hollywood picture. There are some great cameos from John Stamos who plays a porno editor looking to make it big, and Katie Segal as a promiscuous barfly. The supporting cast from Second City vet David Koechner, and Vince Vieluf find a nice comic tone. The final product of "Dropping Out" lands somewhere in between Capra's Meet John Doe and Robert Altman's "The Player," but never manages to gel into a great picture, it held back its political criticisms. The message "Dropping Out" could have been a much more sharp and merciless satire, which could have made its impact better. I would still give "Dropping Out" a hearty recommendation despite its minor shortcomings. I'd give this film an 8 out of 10. This would make a decent rental if it comes out any time soon.
I was disappointed that this supposedly independent film had very weak and quite Hollywood-style ending.