After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

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Sofia Coppola

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Sofia Coppola
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Stephen Dorff ... Johnny Marco
Chris Pontius ... Sammy
Erin Wasson ... Party Girl #1
Alexandra Williams Alexandra Williams ... Party Girl #2
Nathalie Fay ... Party Girl #3
Kristina Shannon ... Bambi
Karissa Shannon ... Cindy
John Prudhont ... Chateau Patio Waiter
Ruby Corley Ruby Corley ... Patio Girl
Angela Lindvall ... Blonde in Mercedes
Maryna Linchuk ... Vampire Model
Meghan Collison Meghan Collison ... Vampire Model
Jessica Miller Jessica Miller ... Vampire Model
Elle Fanning ... Cleo
Lala Sloatman ... Layla
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Hollywood actor Johnny Marco, nested in his luxury hotel of choice, is a stimulated man. Drinking, parties and women keep a creeping boredom under wraps in between jobs. He is the occasional father of a bright girl, Cleo, who may be spoiled but doesn't act it. When Cleo's mother drops her off and leaves town, Johnny brings her along for the ride, but can he fit an 11-year-old girl into his privileged lifestyle? Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning spent a lot of time together prior to the shoot in order to build the father-daughter relationship their characters have. For example, Dorff sometimes picked Fanning up after school. See more »

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When Johnny is leaving Los Angeles near the end of the movie, he enters northbound US101 but in one segment he passes an off ramp sign in the north end of the San Fernando Valley that says, "Los Angeles" That would be in the southbound direction. See more »

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Johnny Marco: What's that book about again?
Cleo: It's about this girl that's in love with this guy. But he's a vampire, and his whole family's vampires. So she can't really be with him.
Johnny Marco: Why doesn't she become one too?
Cleo: doesn't she become one too? Cleo: Because she can't. He doesn't want to turn her into a vampire. And if she gets too close to him, he won't be able to help himself.
Johnny Marco: Oh, man.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Episode #10.25 (2013) See more »

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Love Theme From Kiss
Written by Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley
Performed by KISS
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Technically a well-made character study, but difficult to care for

In a nearby safari park the wardens have taken steps to alleviate depression amongst the gorillas, they hide their food from them or leave it in hard to get places; this saves the gorillas having to sit around, eat, copulate and vegetate. Hollywood A-lister Johnny has this gorilla depression, everything he could possibly want comes at the end of a telephone call. Even the most difficult banana of all, sex, is available by scratching the back of his neck and signalling his assent, or at the end of another phone call if he's feeling especially lazy (which is often).

I once heard it said that rich people live years in the span of a single day, and Johnny certainly does have that flow of experiences coming at him, but the problem for him is that there's no feeling (let's all take a moment to have a boohoo for Johnny). He can barely stifle yawns when his eleven-year-old daughter Cleo, on a custody visit, shows him how she has become a brilliant ice skater and cooks him perfect eggs Benedict for breakfast. Life's too easy and it's suffocating him. There is a suspicion that he's a fluke, that his surfer-boy looks and beatific smile have carried him to the top, but I think there must have been some drive once, as evidenced by a faltering but very pretty rendition of Bach's Goldberg Variation #1.

Ultimately, Johnny Marco has the kind of problems that everyone else wants, and so it's very difficult to feel for him. The movie doesn't have any contrast either, none of the harsh realities of normal Californian workaday lives makes it to the screen. After the decadence of Marie Antoinette I kind of wondered whether Sofia was aware of normality, or whether she just grew up in Arcadia with the other film kids who turn up in the special thanks section at the end of the credits. Johnny Marco is probably the most complacent human alive, but the film doesn't exactly scream that, perhaps because Sofia Coppola doesn't know it. Another flaw is that Coppola's alter-ego Cleo has a decidedly airbrushed personality.

The detail was a big highlight of this film, time seems to have been spent getting the authenticity of the trappings of wealth. Johnny has a bottle of Château Pétrus on the bedside table (retails from $1,000 to $30,000 depending on vintage), chambréed to vinegar, and propped up on a wall is a lithograph by that master of Californian alienation, Ed Ruscha ("Cold beer, beautiful women", $10,000 to a cool million depending on whether it's a limited edition lithograph or the original painting). Other nice details give you insight into character, including a pill bottle of Propecia in his bathroom (prevents male pattern balding), which says he's worried about the onset of middle age, and the player name he has on his games console, 20thCenturyBoy, a sign that he's become his persona.

The cinematography is the second plus, though it's not exactly adventurous the filmmakers were prepared to let the action drift out of shot when they felt like it.

I think Somewhere is a difficult film to watch twice because there's very little connection for a non-wealthy person, the film's torpor has a complacent lull to it which is a little hard to bear. Thematically, I'm not convinced that I've seen mature filmmaking from Sofia Coppola yet.


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Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Somewhere See more »

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$119,086, 26 December 2010

Gross USA:

$1,785,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,788,642
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