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Movie Review: Somewhere

Alternate Title: Dullsville

Story: I knew I was in for a long siege when I got bored within the first few minutes watching a car go around and around in a circle somewhere in a desert. Was this image supposed to be a metaphor for the driver's life? Oh noooooo - I was in trouble.

Director and writer Sofia Coppola meanders into pretentiousness big time. Uber Hollywood star Johnny Marco lives the the life that some would admire from afar. He has money, fame, countless women, a publicist, an agent, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Poor Johnny. He is bored. Johnny lives in a suite in the Chateau Marmont in LA. His meaningless existence is occasionally interrupted by a visit from his 11 year old daughter, Cleo.

The first 15 or so minutes of the film contain no dialogue. Johnny has nothing to say and neither does Ms Coppola.

We continue to watch Johnny wander through his life and perhaps we are supposed to feel something for this guy, but I could not do it. He is empty and by film's end, so was I.

The only redeeming quality to the film was little Cleo. She was charming, elfin and evoked empathy from me. Other than her performance I found myself adrift thinking about what I was going to have for dinner tonight and what other films I saw this year that would make my 'worst' list. Do yourself a favor - stay far away from this film. It is meaningless drivel.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVQtL8GQPFA

Acting: Stephen Dorff as Johnny Marco was outstanding if in fact his part required a vacuous performance.Elle Fanning as Cleo was the best thing about the film.

Trivia: Mary Elle Fanning was born in 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA. Her step into stardom was when she was just two years 11 months old when she played the younger version of her sister, Dakota Fanning, in the movie I Am Sam, as Lucy, age 2 years. She then played younger Dakota again when Dakota was cast in "Taken" as Allie, age 3 years. But her first big independent movie without her sister was in 2003's Daddy Day Care (2003) as Jamie. She then had 2 guest appearances on TV, in "Judging Amy" (1999) and "CSI: Miami" (2002).

Predilection: I have liked Sofia Coppola's films in the past.

Critters: A puppy in a cameo role.

Food: Eggs Benedict, gelato (in four flavors), burgers and fries.

Sex Spectrum: There are several scenes with female nudity and some implied sex.

Blatant Product Placement: Ferrari, iPhone and Apple computer.

Soundtrack: A pleasant enough soundtrack. Some of the music is by Phoenix. Director Sofia Coppola and Thomas Mars, the frontman for the band Phoenix, are expecting their second child.

Opening Titles: An image of a Ferrari going around and around in a circle somewhere in a desert. The title comes next and all of the rest of the credits are at the end.

Visual Art: The lifestyles of the rich and famous often have good taste. I did not see much visual excitement on the walls.

Theater Audience: About 50 other people.

Weather: It is sunny and warm in LA

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: I squirmed at the drivel on screen.

Drift Factor: I drifted off to somewhere else often.

Predictability Level: Did not give a damn

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No - but it did win the top prize at the Venice film festival. Go figure.

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: Under two hours but seemed longer.