(Everything you’re about to read is written purely from (most likely faulty) memory. I did not check any facts or names or how to spell them. The last time I saw “Lost in Translation” was in 2004, I think)
“Lost in Translation” is a film directed by Sophia Coppola, starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johannson and Giovanni Ribisi. It came out in, let’s say, 2003.
In it, Murray plays
himself a washed-up actor who comes to Tokyo, Japan, to film a commercial for MacCutcheon whisky. One scene at a Karaoke bar and one outside in the streets of Tokyo aside, the whole movie takes place inside the hotel Murray is staying in.
One evening, all wallowing in self-pity and booze, he meets Johannson at the hotel bar. She’s in Japan with her husband Giovanni Risibini (or “Frank, Jr. from ‘Friends,'” as he shall be known from now on) but they don’t get along very well. I think Frank, Jr. is kind of an asshole? Anyway, of course dirty old Bill hits on Scarlett and while she is sorta into him (he’s classy and wise and old which are all things Frank, Jr. is not) she plays hard to get because, really, the film would be over in 20 minutes if she didn’t.
So at first Winger is all cynical and done with the world but as he spends more and more time with ScarJo he finds new joie de vivre in things like Karaoke and walking around the hotel and/or Tokyo and lusting after girls half his age. And The Girl with the Pearl Earring finds that she’s way too young to already be stuck in that loveless rut of a marriage that she has with Frank, Jr., so she decides to leave him and stay with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz in Barcelona. Wait, no, that’s a different movie.
We don’t really know what she decides (SPOILER Alert!) because the movie ends with Venkman and the girl from “Eight Legged Freaks” taking a walk in downtown Tokyo and she whispers something into his ear. What does she say? NO ONE KNOWS! (Maybe Scarlett knows?) I guess it was LOST IN TRANSLATION, you guys!
Ha ha, no, that doesn’t even make sense.