CLOSER

Pretentious Misanthropic Piece of Boring Trash

Content -4
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Nudity        

Release Date: December 03, 2004

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Clive
Owen, and Natalie Portman

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Pictures Entertainment

Director: Mike Nichols PRODUCERS: Mike
Nichols, John Calley and Cary
Brokaw

Executive Producer:

Producer: Mike Nichols, John Calley and
Cary Brokaw EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS: Scott Rudin, Celia
Costas and Robert Fox

Writer: Patrick Marber BASED ON THE
PLAY BY: Patrick Marber

Address Comments To:

Amy Pascal, Chairman
Columbia Pictures
Michael Lynton
Chairman and CEO
Sony Pictures Entertainment
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000
Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com/

Content:

(PaPaPa, Ev, Ho, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, D, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview, with positive mention of false evolution theory that human beings are descended from fish and apes, and some light homosexual references; 43 mostly strong obscenities, three strong profanities and one light profanity; man slaps woman and off-screen traffic accident leaves woman with scratches on her forehead and a bloody knee; lots of graphic sex talk, married woman admits she committed adultery, unmarried man admits he committed adultery with married woman, talk about fornication and other sex acts, men anonymously visit Internet chat room for graphic sex talk, and man visits strip club where he buys time to talk privately with one of the strippers whom he recognizes; upper and rear female nudity and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, cheating, lying and extortion.

GENRE: Drama

Summary:

CLOSER is a talky drama about two couples in London, one of whom gets married, who exchange sex partners. CLOSER, which is based on an acclaimed play, is a pretentious, misanthropic piece of boring trash with lots of graphic sex talk and obscenities, plus some nudity.

Review:

CLOSER is a talky drama about two couples in London, one of whom gets married, who exchange sex partners. Julia Roberts stars as Anna, a professional photographer hired to take photos of a budding writer, Dan, played by Jude Law. Dan falls in lust with the beautiful Anna, even though he’s been living with Alyce, an ex-stripper from New York City played by Natalie Portman. Dan met Alyce a year ago on the street when a car knocked her down while they were staring at one another.

Anna refuses Dan’s affections when she learns that he’s with Alyce. In revenge, Dan goes on an Internet chat room for sex talk and sets up a potential rendezvous for Anna with a sex-starved doctor named Larry, played by Clive Owen.

A year later, at an exhibition of Anna’s work, Dan and Alyce finds out that Larry and Anna have become lovers. The two couples separately exchange witty repartee. Another year after that, Dan tells Alyce and Anna tells Larry that Dan and Anna have carried on an intermittent affair, even though Anna and Larry have gotten married. This secret leads to even more sexual twists and turns.

CLOSER, which is based on an acclaimed play, is a pretentious, misanthropic piece of boring trash. The plot twists and character arcs are unrealistic, unconvincing, talky, and lurid. This movie also contains a steady stream of graphic sex talk and obscenities. Someone should have taken a step back from the original material and asked whether the script really accomplishes what its admirers apparently think it does. Just because you throw in a few witty, clever or even profound lines doesn’t mean that you have put together a meaningful and/or sublime story about romantic love, lust and sex. Only a person with a warped aesthetic sense would like this script and this movie. Unfortunately, there are plenty of this kind of people floating around, including the 11 people primarily responsible for this work.

In Brief:

CLOSER is a talky drama about two couples in London, one of whom gets married, who exchange sex partners. Julia Roberts stars as Anna, a professional photographer who meets a budding writer named Dan. Dan, played by Jude Law, falls in lust with the beautiful Anna, even though he’s been living with Alyce, an ex-stripper from New York City played by Natalie Portman. Anna refuses Dan’s affections when she learns that he’s with Alyce. In revenge, Dan goes onto the Internet and arranges a meeting between Anna and a sex-starved doctor named Larry, played by Clive Owen. This event leads to some lurid twists and turns.

CLOSER, which is based on an acclaimed play, is a pretentious, misanthropic piece of boring trash. The plot twists and character arcs are unrealistic, unconvincing, talky, and lurid. This movie also contains a steady stream of graphic sex talk and obscenities. Someone should have taken a step back from the original material and asked whether the script really accomplishes what its admirers apparently think it does. Only a person with a warped aesthetic sense would like this script. Unfortunately, there are plenty of this kind of people floating around.