This movie, directed by Steven Soderbergh, sucked.
I guess that people in the Hollywood orbit might think this movie is hilarious and offers clever commentary on their scene and was innovative because it brought together lots of huge stars but imposed ascetic rules upon them. For normal people, it sucks mightily. The plot plods along, and the characters are uninteresting. If that’s not a sure way to kill a movie, I don’t know what is.
A few of the reviews I’ve read online talk about how confusing the plot is because of the layers of self-referentiality. Personally, I didn’t think it was confusing at all — just boring.
There are a few good scenes, like David Duchovny’s monster hard-on, but as Charlie Munger (Warren Buffet’s partner) said at a Berkshire Hathaway stockholder meeting, “when you mix raisins and shit, you’ve still got shit.” Kudos to Nicky Katt who was one of the raisins. His Hitler-in-modern-times performance was hilarious.
Overall though, a complete waste of time (and not in the Monty Python sense, but in the if I could kill myself by shoving a crayon through my eye sockets and gouging out my brain I would so do it sense).