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2011-04-08 15:06
What it's about:

You have probably seen him in the tabloids; Johnny is living at the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood. He has a Ferrari to drive around in, and a constant stream of girls and pills to stay in with. Comfortably numbed, Johnny drifts along.

Then, his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) from his failed marriage arrives unexpectedly at the Chateau. Their encounters encourage Johnny to face up to where he is in life and confront the question that we all must: which path in life will you take?
What the critics thought:

"Coppola is brilliant at capturing mood: With cinematographer Harris Savides, her languid camera depicts California melancholy. But substance isn't her game."
- Jake Coyle, Associated Press

"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."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"The latest calcified bore by Sofia Coppola is less pretentious than Marie Antoinette but every bit as inertly stupefying as Lost in Translation."
- Rex Reed, New York Observer

A hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

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