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  • RELEASED: 2003
  • RUNTIME: 102 mins
  • WRITTEN BY: Sofia Coppola
  • DIRECTED BY: Sofia Coppola
  • STARRING: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, Akiko Takeshita, Fumihiro Hayashi, Kazuyoshi Minamimagoe

Loved the themes, the score and the performances but damn this movie is just too slow. It never feels like the story is going anywhere and when it finally starts to pick at the real meat of it all, there’s only 35 minutes left! I never felt that connected to the characters and it never seemed like they actually developed their relationship. It also never went deep enough in my eyes. And oh my God that damn gag with Bill Murray being annoyed by the Japanese people who misunderstand him just goes on for way too long throughout the movie and at a certain point it felt like I was being beaten over the head with it. Also, I had no idea Scarlett Johansson’s voice wasn’t always as deep as it is now.