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YMMV / Lost in Translation

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  • Americans Hate Tingle: While the film was very well received overall, many Japanese critics bristled at what they felt was an insensitive portrayal of Japanese society.
  • Award Snub: For more than some, Bill Murray's loss for Best Actor to Sean Penn for Mystic River was this, along the same lines as Mickey Rourke's loss to Penn five years later.
  • Awesome Music:
    • "Alone In Kyoto" by Air is a wonderfully dreamlike electronic piece that plays during one of the scenes. It was beautifully placed.
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    • The splendidly melancholic, but hopeful, "Just Like Honey" by Jesus and the Mary Chain, as the closing song.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Given how hard it can be to explain the movie’s plot, most people usually remember this movie because of how often Scarlett Johansson is seen in her panties.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Charlotte's troubled relationship with her husband is based, at least in part, on Coppola's relationship with her then-husband Spike Jonze. She and Jonze divorced shortly after the film released.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Many, but particularly the conversation in bed ("You're not hopeless"), their reconciliation after the fire alarm, and the ending farewell, which also counts as a Tear Jerker.
  • The Woobie: Bob and Charlotte, two lonely souls drawn together in a land and in lives where they feel shut out. The film invites audiences to relate to them as such, as Ebert states that the film is "an exercise in empathy."


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