Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Exceptional but mature Hollywood story.
  • R
  • 2010
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Through Johnny's behavior during the movie, the film sends the message that positive change comes from thinking about something other than yourself -- though how lasting that change is, is unclear.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Johnny learns some valuable lessons during the movie, such as how to avoid temptation and to think of others. He also learns the value of family and real human connections. But before that, he's a man who's lost his way; he indulges in anonymous sex, smoking, and drinking, and several people are angry with him due to some past indiscretions.


Characters occasionally get angry with the hero and in some cases verbally abuse him.


Women throw themselves at the main character, and he sometimes sleeps with them; he has multiple partners. Several women are seen topless. In one case, the hero removes a woman's underwear but falls asleep before anything happens. In another scene, a bed bangs up against the wall with the force of his lovemaking. The hero hires twin blond "pole dancers" to perform for him; their act is sexy but contains no nudity. A male masseuse takes off all his clothes to work, but little is shown.


Swearing includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," and "damn." The words "s--t," "f--k," and "a--hole" appear in text messages. "Jesus" is used as an exclamation.


The main character drives a Ferrari, which is prominently on display throughout the movie. He plays Guitar Hero and other video games with his daughter and shops at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store. He also wears various T-shirts with logos for Pep Boys auto parts and Sub Pop records.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character is seen drinking beer, as well as hard liquor. He attends a party where many guests are also drinking. He also smokes cigarettes throughout.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mature Sofia Coppola drama -- which has some of the same dreamy feel of her hit Lost in Translation (but with less humor) -- is filled with adult situations, mainly sexual. The main character, a successful actor, has sex with many partners, and some women are shown topless. Characters smoke cigarettes often and sometimes drink hard liquor. Language is relatively sparse but includes words like "f--k." Several brands are also featured, most notably the Ferrari that the main character drives. The movie is beautifully crafted, but teens may not be interested in a story of a selfish father finding redemption through his daughter.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byscout661 January 31, 2011

Pensive, Delightful movie for interested, mature teens

I loved this movie. I saw it on new years. I had waited SO LONG to see it (sofia coppola being my favorite director) and I was blown away. This movie, about a m... Continue reading
Adult Written bykhan2705 December 22, 2010

outstanding film making, slow paced but excellent.


SOMEWHERE is a witty, moving, and empathetic look into the orbit of actor Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff) who is living at the legendary Chateau M... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFishynmn May 27, 2014

Small indie gem is an exceptional work of art that leaves you speechless!

Somewhere is a beautiful, realistic movie about a bored movie star, who searches for meaning and purpose in life, which he begins to find in his eleven-year-old... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byThe Cheap Seats February 17, 2014

Starring Elle Fanning and Stephen Dorff

"Somewhere" is an excellent drama/comedy that features brilliant, multi-dimensional performances from Elle Fanning and Stephen Dorff. Like many other... Continue reading

What's the story?

Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is a successful Hollywood actor living in the Chateau Marmont. He drifts through his days drinking, smoking, indulging in sex, occasionally dealing with his publicist, and generally trying to stave off sadness and boredom. When his ex-wife suddenly drops off their daughter, Cleo (Elle Fanning), for an indefinite stay, Johnny slowly begins to understand that family may be more important than his career and all its perks. But now that he's made this discovery, how can he change his life?

Is it any good?

For all its wandering, this is a very deliberate, masterful, and ultimately very touching movie. Some people may view Sofia Coppola as a privileged daughter of Hollywood royalty who stumbled into filmmaking after trying and abandoning several other careers. Her movies aren't exactly plot-driven, which isn't everyone's cup of tea. But once you get right down to it, she's one of the most ferociously talented filmmakers working today.

Like Lost in Translation and Marie Antoinette, SOMEWHERE is also about how people, even if they're successful and surrounded, can grow lonely and bored, and how the right soul at the right time can open their hearts. Somewhere is sparser and moodier than Coppola's previous films and has less humor. But it's no less riveting for the way it captures a poetic mood in each scene and for the way the seemingly random scenes always fold back upon and reference one another.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about sex and relationships. How does the main character view sex? Is that a healthy perspective? Parents, talk to your teens about your own family's values on these subjects.

  • If Johnny is a successful actor, shouldn't he be happy and have everything he wants? Why might that life be unfulfilling?

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