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Coppola's pitch-perfect moody dramedy of mannerisms and loneliness stars Murray as Bob, a washed-up action star in Japan to shoot a lucrative liquor commercial. Homesick, displaced and jet-lagged, Bob heads to the hotel bar and meets fellow Yank Charlotte (Johansson). Also married and lonely, Charlotte is accompanying her photographer husband (Ribisi), whose glamorous job takes him away to far-flung locations and beautiful people that she can't understand. Despite their age difference, the two bond over cocktails and karaoke (a memorable scene), discussing the difficulties of marriage and life while steering clear of the formulaic May/December romance trappings. Murray's restrained performance speaks volumes, conveying a weary acceptance of his life. Johansson deftly displays a suitably discontented air.

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Available on Running time 105 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Only the Lonely, Japan, Marriage, Grand Hotel, Karaoke
Screenplay
Sofia Coppola
Cast
Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Yutaka Tadokoro, Catherine Lambert, Fumihiro Hayashi
Cinematography
Lance Acord
Director
Sofia Coppola
Other
Drew Kunin, Brian Reitzell, Sarah Flack, Mayumi Tomita, Nancy Steiner, K.K. Barrett, Anne Ross
Producer
Ross Katz, Sofia Coppola, American Zoetrope, Elemental Films Productions, Focus Features

Awards

Oscars 2003: Orig. Screenplay; British Acad. 2003: Actor (Murray), Actress (Johansson), Film Editing; Golden Globes 2004: Actor--Mus./Comedy (Murray), Film--Mus./Comedy, Screenplay; Ind. Spirit 2004: Actor (Murray), Director (Coppola), Film, Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics 2003: Actor (Murray); N.Y. Film Critics 2003: Actor (Murray), Director (Coppola); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 2003: Actor (Murray); Writers Guild 2003: Orig. Screenplay.

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Nicholle

This is kind of a sappy movie. Charlotte and her actor husband, John, go to Tokyo for his role in a commercial. Charlotte meets Bob, an aging movie star, who is filming a whiskey ad. They are both unsure about their current situations in their marriages. Charlotte and Bob meet up at a bar and begin their friendship. Bob helps Charlotte by answering her questions regarding life and direction, while Charlotte helps Bob by reminding him how much he loves his children and his wife. The love between the two characters is not one of lust but rather one of emotional and psychological need.