The One- If You Have a Famous Parent
Ansen, David, Newsweek
Byline: David Ansen
Sofia Coppola returns to her favorite locale--hotels--and her obsessive subject, celebrities adrift. First and foremost came Bill Murray's jet-lagged star navigating the cultural incongruities of Tokyo's Park Hyatt in Lost in Translation. Then she turned Marie Antoinette into a teen pop star lost in the vast spaces and mechanical ceremonies of that ultimate 18th-century hotel, Versailles. The focus of her uncompromisingly low-key new movie, Somewhere, is Johnny Marco (Steven Dorff), a divorced, directionless, affluently homeless movie star living at the L.A. hipster mecca Chateau Marmont while recovering from a broken wrist. Johnny lolls on his bed in a stupor as twin pole dancers attempt to arouse him, drifts in the Marmont pool, and compulsively uses sex to fill the void where his self should be. He's got good looks and a modicum of charm when he cares to bother, but he's not much fun to be around. Not that anybody notices, because he's famous. Scruffy and lost, he goes through the motions of his business with little affect, while everyone else--publicists ushering him into a photo shoot, Italian journalists interviewing him in a Milan hotel lobby--burst into …
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