"Somewhere" Movie Review
Somewhere tells the story of young Hollywood celebrity actor Johnny Marco, played by Stephen Dorff and his very bright, talented, unhappy, young daughter Cleo played impeccably by Elle Fanning. The movie was written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It's her fourth movie and just as good as her most recent one, Lost in Translation, for which her script won an Academy Award..
Coppola's script and impeccable direction deals with the dissolute Hollywood movie celebrity scene with which she became intimately familiar as a child actor, as the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, screen writer and director. However, she said in an interview about the movie, "It has personal memories, but my parents and my childhood aren't like that." Her topic is the perils of celebrity--drink, drugs, promiscuous sex, divorce and their effect on the children of celebrity parents--with precise focus and understanding. The movie is slow paced and many of the scenes are not easy to watch although interspersed with humor involving Johnny Marco's bedroom escapades which he tries unsuccessfully to hide from his daughter Cleo. Most of the humor involves sex. For example, two beautiful blonde twins come to his room every morning to perform their pole dancing routine while Johnny watches from his bed. And one afternoon a buffed young man appears at his door and announces that he's there to replace Johnny's regular daily female massage therapist. After beginning the massage, the therapist removes his shirt and then his pants at which point Johnny realizes that he's gay and kicks him out.
The movie begins with Johnny Marco driving his black Ferrari around and around a circular desert track and then jumps to a drunken Johnny Marco leaving a party and falling down the stairs and breaking his wrist.
Johnny's daughter, Cleo, lives with her mother. Fairly early in the film her mother calls Johnny to inform him that she "needs time to herself" and will be dropping Cleo off to stay with him in his suite at the historic Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard. He loves Cleo, but has been too preoccupied with his celebrity life of drinking and sex to pay much attention to her. His neglect is brought home when he takes Cleo to her ice skating lesson and expressed amazement at her skill, apparently unaware that she had been taking lessons for three years. Shortly after Cleo moves in with Johnny he takes her with him to Rome for a week to receive an Italian film award. They are met at the airport by the manager of the hotel and escorted by several police cars from the airport to the hotel. He and Cleo are given a huge suite of several rooms and a large swimming pool and jacuzzi.l. He receives a key to the city from the mayor and in a ceremony which could have been designed by Berlusconi, he is awarded the Italian version of an Oscar. He and Cleo make full use of the pool and room service, and when Cleo is asleep Johnny has another type of "service."
After this interlude in Rome, Johnny and Cleo return to Johnny's suite in Hollywood's Chateau Marmont. Johnny feels guilty about neglecting Cleo and showers her with gifts, but not guilty enough to give up his booze and sex even after she breaks down in tears and expresses her feelings of neglect by her parents. As you can see by now, the movie is a comedy about a serious subject, and a bit of a downer.
“Somewhere” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). Sex, drugs, the usual.
San Francisco Sentinel Interview with Sofia Coppola on "Somewhere"
- Sofia Coppola on "Somewhere"
It has personal memories, she said quietly, seated in the lobby of Hollywood's Chateau Marmont, where most of the movie is back-dropped and to which Somewhere serves as an unabashed valentine. But my childhood and my parents arent like that.
"Somewhere" Movie Review by A.O. Scott in The New York Times 12-21-10
- A.O. Scott Review of "Somewhere"
Somewhere is partly a wry and knowing comedy of show-business life, a life Ms. Coppola, who comes from a tribe of filmmakers, composers and actors, surely knows firsthand. But to overemphasize the autobiographical dimensions of Somewhere would...
Wikibio Elle Fanning
- Elle Fanning
n 2003, Fanning filmed "The Door in the Floor" opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger. Anecdotal evidence of her young skill was seen in the decision to cast her in the role of Ruth in "The Door in the Floor."
Wikibio Stephen Dorff
- Stephen Dorff
Stephen Dorff (born July 29, 1973) is an American actor, best known for portraying Stuart Sutcliffe in "Backbeat," Johnny Marco in "Somewhere," and for his roles in "Blade" and 'Cecil B. DeMented."
WikiBio Sofia Coppola
- Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola (born May 14, 1971) is an American screen-writer, film director, actress, and producer. In 2003 she became the third woman (and the first American woman) to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing, for "Lost in Translation."