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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    After her foray into historical costumers with "Marie Antoinette," Sofia Coppola makes a happy return to "Lost in Translation" territory in the cutback charmer Somewhere, which illuminates the emptiness of a movie star's life in Los Angeles through close observation and gentle irony.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's easy to speculate that the loving Cleo and the frequently absent Johnny are stand-ins for Ms. Coppola and her own famous father, but Somewhere needn't be seen as a film à clef. The movie stands on its own terms as a slow-burning drama of life in a Hollywood purgatory where you can not only check out but leave.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Some could find the story verging on self-indulgence, and indeed there are patches that teeter perilously close. But we care about the two main characters, and we root for them to reconnect as father and daughter.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie's redemptive structure is a bit routine, yet I watched nearly every scene with a sense of discovery. Coppola is a true filmmaker, and in Somewhere she pierces the Hollywood bubble from the inside.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 17+

Exceptional but mature Hollywood story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature Sofia Coppola drama -- which has some of the same dreamy feel of her hit Lost in Translation (but with less humor) -- is filled with adult situations, mainly sexual. The main character, a successful actor, has sex with many partners, and some women are shown topless. Characters smoke cigarettes often and sometimes drink hard liquor. Language is relatively sparse but includes words like "f--k." Several brands are also featured, most notably the Ferrari that the main character drives. The movie is beautifully crafted, but teens may not be interested in a story of a selfish father finding redemption through his daughter.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about sex and relationships. How does the main character view sex? Is that a healthy perspective? Parents, talk to your teens about your own family's values on these subjects.
  • If Johnny is a successful actor,shouldn't he be happy and have everything he wants? Why might that life be unfulfilling?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Through Johnny's behavior during the movie, the film sends the message that positive change comes from thinking about something other than yourself -- though how lasting that change is, is unclear.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Johnny learns some valuable lessons during the movie, such as how to avoid temptation and to think of others. He also learns the value of family and real human connections. But before that, he's a man who's lost his way; he indulges in anonymous sex, smoking, and drinking, and several people are angry with him due to some past indiscretions.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Characters occasionally get angry with the hero and in some cases verbally abuse him.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Women throw themselves at the main character, and he sometimes sleeps with them; he has multiple partners. Several women are seen topless. In one case, the hero removes a woman's underwear but falls asleep before anything happens. In another scene, a bed bangs up against the wall with the force of his lovemaking. The hero hires twin blond "pole dancers" to perform for him; their act is sexy but contains no nudity. A male masseuse takes off all his clothes to work, but little is shown.

  • language false4

    Language: Swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," and "damn." The words "s--t," "f--k," and "a--hole" appear in text messages. "Jesus" is used as an exclamation.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: The main character drives a Ferrari, which is prominently on display throughout the movie. He plays Guitar Hero and other video games with his daughter and shops at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store. He also wears various T-shirts with logos for Pep Boys auto parts and Sub Pop records.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character is seen drinking beer, as well as hard liquor. He attends a party where many guests are also drinking. He also smokes cigarettes throughout.