After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Steven Soderbergh dropped a plot element about placards telling How to Survive a Hotel Room Fire, a phrase that he had also intended to use as the film's title. See more »
Catherine's black notebook and pen suddenly appear on the airplane armrest between shots, after her tape player clicks. See more »
[on the set of Arty's play, "The Sound and the Fuhrer"]
Great. Now I have three hours to find a new Ava Braun.
You know what? Fuck her. And here's why.
Number One - Anyone who's offended by drinking blood, obviously doesn't drink blood.
Number Two - Anyone who drinks as much blood as I do knows it has no effect.
Number Three - There is absolutely no scientific connection between drinking a shot of blood a day and being an extraordinary actor.
And Number Four - it is impossible to prove Number ...
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After the credits, there's a short scene in which we see Brad Pitt explaining a scene he's about to shoot for the movie-within, 'Rendezvous'. See more »
Too dreary to work as a satire, too wrapped up in its own cleverness to engage; this is an insubstantial vanity piece that might have been entertaining to make but isn't much fun to watch. I'd have thought that if Soderbergh wanted to show off, he could have come up with something better than this collection of over-scripted (and not particularly original) gimmicks.
It might have worked had we spent more time in the company of the interesting peripheral characters (the theatrical Hitler, Gus the producer) than listening to the self-absorbed droning of the others. Film students will probably love it.
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