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Closer
DVD disk
Apr 19, 2005 By: JoBlo
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Director:
Mike Nichols

Actors:
Natalie Portman
Clive Owen
Jude Law

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two great-looking guys who are hooked up with two great-looking girls apparently cannot make up their minds about who they truly love, and vice-versa. Before you can say "Grow up!", they're cheating on each other left and right, asking each other questions about the cheating partner's sex life right and left, and going back and forth with their former lovers like it was a game of "Twister". What ensues is a story about 4 people who apparently enjoy and think about nothing but sex (ADIDAS), but know very little about honesty, trust, communication or love. That said, the performances are good and Portman shows us her round behind.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Meh. I'm not sure what all the fuss was about this movie, but now that I've seen it, I can't say that much about it impressed me terribly, other than the four leads' acting performances, which all in all were solid, but again...not necessarily mind-blowing. If I had to choose the pick of the litter it would definitely have to be Clive Owen though, with an awesome performance which ranged from a pervert to a kindly doctor type, a loving boyfriend/husband to a cold-hearted bastard and the mean of the mean. The man sure knows how to stare someone down. Nice! Julia Roberts was okay in her role, as was Law as the more straight-forward lame-o dude, while Portman was good enough to show us a different side to her (and no, I'm not just talking about her ass!), with a more adult and passionate character.

Two reasons that I may not have been bowled over by this film include the fact that I'm generally not a fan of plays, and being as this film is based on a play, and more importantly, is essentially a "play" on the big screen (very few locations, characters, etc...), I couldn't help but feel distant from everyone. Which brings me to the second reason and that is my lack of connection or empathy towards its lead characters. If four people are on the screen for the entire movie and I don't find any of them particularly sympathetic or relatable, I guess the movie just isn't for me. I don't mean for that to come off as judgmental, but I honestly don't think any of the people in the film knew, understood or believed in love. They seemed to be living by their loins, fucking simply for enjoyment (or to get back at others) and lying through their teeth at every turn of the page, and after a while, it just got a little...boring.

Granted, the directing was solid, the acting was engaging, even some of its one-liners, dialogue and break-up scenes were well put together ("Now fuck off and die, you fucked up slag."-- classic), but overall...the film just didn't do it for me. Maybe it's because I haven't got laid in what seems like years....who knows. Either way, I'd recommend this film only to people who enjoy the dynamics behind head games in relationships, negative character studies and fans of Portman ass.
THE EXTRAS
This disc is the "Superbit Edition" of the movie, which means that it looks/sounds great, but includes nada in terms of extras. Mind you, we do get a handful of trailers, including the one for this film, which incidentally, you should watch after watching the movie as it includes the most deleted scenes and lines that I've ever seen featured in a trailer, but not in the actual film. Wow, the "Special Edition" of this movie is likely to have hours of extra material.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Realistic? Meh, somewhat I guess. Offensive and brutally honest dialogue? Meh, I guess, but I've personally heard all that shit before, so nothing "offensive" to these ears. Any good? Not particularly. If you're into character studies based upon a certain morally confused and sexually focused set of adults in our society, this movie might be interesting for you to check out with your own loved one, so that you can turn to each other afterwards and ask about how much better your ex's were in bed or something. This is not a "date movie" by any stretch of the imagination, but some of its scenes are well constructed, the actors are all good and the dialogue is definitely stronger than any other so-called "chick flick", so rent it if any of that strikes a chord with you, I guess. No need to really buy the DVD since it's running on empty in terms of extras, and it's obvious that a fuller version will be coming out soon enough.
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