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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

hilarious movie that should develop a cult following.

Author: (fourforus) from Lakewood, California
26 April 2000

like another commenter i saw this film at a film class at csulb. it was hilarious in a subtle way. if you can appreciate that type of writing and acting you should like this film. hopefully this film gets released because for a first time try by these guys it could gain cult status like 'bottle rocket'.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

An amusing but not perfect black comedy

Author: Gregory Douglass from Manhattan Beach, California
16 April 2000

Kent Osborne stars in this unusual film about suicide and a corrupt Hollywood industry. Academy award nominee and brother of Kent, Mark Osborne, insightfully directs this dark comedy. While Mark harbors a unique vision and has a strong visual flair his directing may be a bit sophomoric and unpolished in the last half. Dropping out never takes its self too seriously and that's what saves it in the end. Consider an early scene where a chipmunk eats a branch which falls on Emile's TV wire killing the picture. Emile then proceeds to slit his wrist in a bloody but humorous scene. Believe me it worked. I had the pleasure of meeting the director and star in my film class at Cal State Long Beach and they said is the same Kent's character Emile was the same from "School Ties" just grown up and a lot more troubled. Emile, at the beginning is on the verge of committing suicide when he gets a call from a slow hotel owner, Adam Arkin who offers Emile a night time job. While on the job Emile befriends a fellow colleague and gets him to agree to delivering a suicide tape to his ex girlfriend. This simple act for various reasons escalate and soon this little tape becomes a full on Hollywood production.

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.

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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

weaker then I expected based on the plot.

5/10
Author: martynuk from chicago, USA
19 October 2000

The plot & idea were quite interesting and deserved a much more professional implementation. Both acting and directing seemed amateur at times.

I was disappointed that this supposedly independent film had very weak and quite Hollywood-style ending.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

if only it were darker

2/10
Author: sebastian_valmont
17 August 2000

It starts out nice and twisted but grows more and more mainstream, until by the end, you're watching a Nickelodeon movie. Ironic, considering the film's premise ridicules the same process as it happens in the making of a documentary.

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