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Lost in Translation Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    What's astonishing about Sofia Coppola's enthralling new movie is the precision, maturity, and originality with which the confident young writer-director communicates so clearly in a cinematic language all her own.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Giddily funny in a singularly American idiom, and shot, by Lance Acord, with an eagle eye for cultural absurdities, Ms. Coppola's film is also a meditation on love and longing, shot through with a sensibility that's all the more surprising for being so unfashionably tender.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Romantic comedies with two low-key leads can be asking for trouble, but one senses that the actors must have clicked on some fundamental level.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie contains priceless slapstick from Bill Murray, finely tuned performances by Murray and the beautiful Scarlett Johansson and a visual and aural design that cultivates a romantic though melancholy mood.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Excellent but mature film about finding a connection.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lost in Translation shows many aspects of night life in Tokyo, including drinking and smoking. Characters also go to a strip club (where women are topless and wearing barely there G-strings and giving lap dances), get chased out of a bar with a fake gun, smoke pot before performing karaoke, and one character has an affair (with nothing shown). There's a little bit of strong language that includes "s--t."

  • Families can talk about why Bob and Charlotte are drawn to each other. What do they have in common? What is most different about them? Is their connection believable?
  • What do you think Bob whispers to Charlotte at the end?
  • Why do you think this movie was so critically acclaimed?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Explores times of searching in life for identity and purpose. And it also shows how precious it is to find a sense of connection when you feel like an outsider.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Bob has an affair, which upsets Charlotte, but otherwise they form a solid friendship.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Friends of Charlotte provoke a bartender and get chased with a gun that probably has rubber bullets. Someone throws a bottle at them and they get chased some more.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Bob has an affair, but nothing is shown. An escort is sent to Bob's door and tries to play-act getting her stockings ripped; Bob wants none of it. In a Tokyo strip club bare-breasted women in barely there G-strings writhe around and give friends of Charlotte a lap dance.

  • language false3

    Language: Song in strip club about "sucking on my "t--ies." Plus "s--t," "hell," and "Christ's sake."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Characters stay at the Park Hyatt Tokyo and many scenes take place in the hotel.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Charlotte smokes and her husband says "it's just so bad for you." She says, "I'll stop later." Plenty of smoking and drinking in the many bar scenes. Charlotte and friends smoke pot before singing karaoke.