Dave's Rating:


Young, dumb and full of cake …

Who's in It: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Rip Torn, Asia Argento, Marianne Faithfull, Steve Coogan, Rose Byrne, Molly Shannon

The Basics: Young, dumb and full of cake, the real Marie Antoinette, teen queen of France, probably never heard of Siouxsie and the Banshees. But in this movie, she gets to dance to that band while Paris burns and her doom draws near.

What's the Deal? Sofia Coppola's movies are seemingly all about Sofia Coppola's adolescence: the privileged rich girl trapped in a cage by outside forces. This queen is trapped in her castle like Scarlett Johansson was trapped in her hotel room (Lost in Translation) and like the Virgin Suicides girls were trapped in their bedrooms.

Yawn: Also, there are naps. And lying down on beds. And loafing on chaises. And in the grass. And in bathtubs. And then there are parties to break up that monotony. The movie is teenage girlhood, moving from dreamy boredom to excited pop music–scored shopping and parties. And it's brilliantly that.

Be Warned: Nothing happens. It's exactly what I just said it was about. This isn't a historical epic or a grown-up period drama. And it's not even about the French Revolution. It's about a nice, not-too-bright girl who doesn't get it and who gets punished for it all the same by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Blink and You'll Miss: The purple sneakers.


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