YMMV / Closer

Film:

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: More like Everyone Remembers Natalie Portman Played a Stripper. Though conveniently enough the scene also has lots of great dialogue, so you can handily claim that's what you're watching it for.
  • Funny Moments:
    • The cybersex scene between Dan and an unwitting Larry.
    • To say nothing of Larry and Anna's subsequent awkward meeting in the aquarium the next day. Anna realises he's been pranked and finds it Actually Pretty Funny, while Larry is at first in complete denial that he wasn't really talking to a woman.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: It's revealed at the end that Alice's real name is actually Jane. Natalie Portman would go on to play two more characters called that in Jane Got A Gun and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Larry. Essentially engineers his and Anna's reconciliation, as well as Alice and Dan breaking up for good by blackmailing Anna into sex — he bluntly admits that he did this for the sole purpose of fucking with Dan — and later telling Dan that he slept with Alice as well. Sure enough, Dan reacts exactly as Larry predicted — he can't deal with either revelation and his relationships with both women end. Larry gets his wife back, Alice moves on with her life, and Dan is left alone and dejected.
  • She Really Can Act: An odd example. Julia Roberts was considered the weakest of the four leads in anticipation of the film. Although she had an Oscar win for Erin Brockovich, she was heavily typecast as The Ingenue in romantic comedies. Here she's slightly against type - Jane for instance would be the role more within type for her - and she was given lots of praise. Anna is considered one of her more underrated roles.

Album:

  • Harsher in Hindsight: Every fucking thing just screamed "Ian Curtis is going to kill himself".
  • Tear Jerker: Pretty much the entire album, but especially the last four songs, which are some of the bleakest musical recordings in history. More than one person has described the lyrics on the album as "suicide notes set to music."

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