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Lost in Translation
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Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Focus Features
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Kiddie Movie: They'd be bored.
Date Movie: Good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Bob does get laid and a lot of shots of Charlotte in her underwear.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Some running around.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: Bob at his commercial shoot.
Memorable Quote: Nothing in particular.
Directed By: Sofia Coppola
Produced By: Sofia Coppola, Ross Katz

Lost in Translation
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:42 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I do understand why all of the critics are loving "Lost in Translation," because it is great in an artsy kind of way. That might be why you wonít like it. In any case, letís get to the movie.

Bill Murray is Bob Harris. Heís an aging actor in Tokyo to film a whisky commercial. He clearly does not want to be there, but hey, an easy payday sounds good to him, especially when his home life isnít that great. Scarlett Johansson is Charlotte. Sheís a newlywed in Tokyo with her husband. Heís a photographer named John (Giovanni Ribiso) and at first it sounded like a good idea to Charlotte, see Tokyo while her husband is off working, but now sheís homesick, especially since John is hardly around. Still stuck on American time, Bob and Charlotte have trouble sleeping so itís no surprise they find themselves meeting each other in the hotel bar one night. Ever so quickly a weird relationship begins to develop as both people donít want to be alone, decide to spend the time together exploring Tokyo, especially with some locals Charlotte knows, and we are treated to some of the best scenes in the movie involving the two of them not understanding Japanese the language nor Japanese the culture.

Geese, I really donít know what else to tell you about this movie because in a nutshell thatís the basis of the story. For a few days Bob and Charlotte find Tokyo to be fun, mostly because they are together. A strange sexual tension comes to be, but you honestly get the feeling that they both know they canít go there, and not because theyíre married, but because their friendship would become bastardized were that to happen.

I suppose Iíll just wrap this review leaving things at that. Murray continues to play these seemingly odd roles (like his place in "The Royal Tenenbaums"), playing them fantastically, and really showing he is one of the most underrated actors out there, that is unless he gets an Oscar. Scarlett Johansson is really making a name for herself with looks that donít scream supermodel (I donít mean that in a bad way), and acting talent that shows she should have a long career being able to play any role in front of her.

Overall Iím giving the movie 4 Ĺ stars out of 5, but with some warnings. Itís got some really funny moments, some touching moments, but itís got them in more of an artsy way. If you can go with that, youíll really enjoy the movie, but if youíre the kind who prefers the normal comedy fair, youíll probably get lost in the artsy way and not really care for the movie. I loved it, for what itís worth.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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