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Close, but no Cigar
written by talltale March 27, 2005 - 10:22 AM PST
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
You'll find it hard to fault the performances of Clive Owen, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and even Julia Roberts; ditto the direction of Mike Nichols. It's the writing from Patrick Marber that finally sinks this movie version of his play CLOSER. Not that Marber's dialog, moment to moment, isn't often very good. Overall, though, he can't disguise the utter shallowness of his characters, whose behavior will have you rubbing your head and moaning "Huh?" from time to time.

Amazingly, Nichols has managed to eradicate any lingering sense that this project might once have been a play--even though almost no one but the four leads has any dialog. (Check out the cast in the end credit-roll: I believe there are only six names mentioned!). While almost any attempt to capture the "way we live now" is risky--and not simply because some cooler-than-thou twit is bound to render the it's-so-ten-minutes-ago judgment--CLOSER's biggest problem is saddling us with characters who, try as we might (and god knows the actors do, too), are not worth much of anybody's time.


(Average 6.45)
189 Votes
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