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Closer (2004)

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The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director:

Mike Nichols

Writers:

Patrick Marber (play), Patrick Marber (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 47 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Portman ... Alice
Jude Law ... Dan
Julia Roberts ... Anna
Clive Owen ... Larry
Nick Hobbs ... Taxi Driver
Colin Stinton ... Customs Officer
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Storyline

Smart-but-ineffectual journalist Dan "We use euphemisms!" cannot decide between his girlfriend, loving-but-clingy waitress Alice, or his lover cold-but-intellectual photographer Anna; herself indecisive between Dan and honest-but-thuggish "You're bloody gorgeous!" doctor Larry. The film puts the four leading characters in a box and strips them apart. Written by Anonymous

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If you believe in love at first sight... Take a closer look. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sequences of graphic sexual dialogue, nudity/sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Closer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,707,972, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,987,757, 13 February 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,505,027
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| (TV)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The park Dan and Alice walk through is Postman's Park in London, near St Paul's Cathedral. See more »

Goofs

When Dan is cybersexing with Larry, the laptop computer he is using is a Sony Vaio. When you see the screenshot, it is clearly Mac OS X (therefore must be an Apple laptop). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice: Hello, stranger.
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Smack My Bitch Up
Written by Liam Howlett, Kool Keith (as Keith Thornton), Ced-Gee (as Cedric Miller), T.R. Love (as Trevor Randolph) and Moe Love (as Maurice Smith)
Performed by The Prodigy
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company/Beggars Banquet/XL Records/Mute Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Very good
5 December 2004 | by ShannonAmidalaSee all my reviews

I've been hearing lots of negativity about this movie. I think a lot of people have been shocked, frankly, by the raw and rough nature of the film. Having read the play, I've been looking forward to it for about a year now, and it's honestly one of the best plays I've ever read. Mike Nichols presents it in an amazing way, very faithful to the words as they're written (and they should be, for the movie is also written by the man who wrote the play, the brilliant Patrick Marber).

It's a brutal topic, sex and love, especially when they're combined. I thought the movie was amazing. It captured all of the vulnerability, caustic harshness, and acerbic flirtation that the play vibrated with. All of the cast brought the movie alive. It uplifts and then brings you way down, but that's the point, and yet at the end, I didn't feel depressed or saddened, just really really awake and curious. It's the feeling you get when you get "closer", I suppose.

Natalie Portman, in a tour-de-force performance, is the standout by far. Maybe it's because she's the youngest, and not expected to be that awesome, but she is. Anyways, her Alice is flirty and sweet, caustic and manipulative, evasive and yet very open, sexual and gloomy all in one character. She has the best chemistry with the men - whether it be purely sensual with Clive Owen, or innocence and affection with Jude Law. She comes alive with the two guys, and their scenes are ones to look forward to.

Julia Roberts, whom everyone looks towards, is not bad in this film. She's very understated and good, but she is outshone in nearly every scene by whomever she's acting with.

Clive Owen is absolutely astounding, and he's definitely on everyone's radar screen. As the man of experience and "simplicity", as Jude Law's character comments, he's brash and hotheaded, but also extremely clever. Owen perfectly plays the sleazy, unlikeable character, but somehow manages to appeal to the audience and even though he's a disagreeable character, I think many managed to find something all right about him - Owen's human sense in Larry.

Jude Law is simply very very good; neither astounding nor bad. The only reason he does not stand out is the fact that we've all expected him to do a good performance. And he does, he has a great performance. He and Portman have amazing scenes together, and he's always on par.

Simply put, the movie is not for everyone (especially not for seeing with a parent or young child); it's a mature adult flick, and does not back down from anything. It's high drama - with all the uplifting romance and brutal arguments of relationships. It's a story about people.


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