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Exceptional but mature Hollywood story.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 97 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 22, 2010
DVD/Streaming release date:April 19, 2011
Cast:Elle Fanning, Michelle Monaghan, Stephen Dorff
Director:Sofia Coppola
Studio:Focus Features
Run time:97 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, nudity and language

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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 movie star and his relationship with his daughter is pensive, cool, and beautiful. It might be boring for some teenage viewers though! The only concerns are bare breasts, implied sexual actions, and corse language. I felt that, as a 13 year old (at the time) It was nothing I haven't seen before. I THOROUGHLY recommend it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bypauly123 July 18, 2013

Nice movie with a deep message

This movie is about a famous, rich actor who has no real friends. All of the women he dates want to be with him because he's a famous actor. But when his daughter comes, everything changes. He knows someone is really out there for him and he finally sees the bright side of life. In the end, he realizes fame made him someone with a boring life and he wanted to stop being famous and enjoy life's simple pleasures. I think most teens will not understand this message and the movie itself will seem pretty boring. Suitable for children 12+ but I think it will be enjoyed more by teens 14+.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 daughter. If you are expecting an average, run-of-the-mill drama-comedy, know fully well that that is far from what Somewhere actually is. It is an independent, art-house movie which has long scenes in which nothing really seems to be going on, but that is how Somewhere connects to us. Somewhere is a pleasure only for adults, however, possibly a mature, older teenager. The following content problems include: ___________________________________________________________________ - Sex scenes that involve upper and partial female nudity, some fairly graphic.___________________________________________________________ - Foul Language (A few uses of f--k and other lesser profanities).________ - Pill popping and drug related content._______________________________ - Frequent smoking, drinking, and partying.____________________________ - Adultrous affairs, smoking, swearing, etc all in the presence of a child.__ ___________________________________________________________________ What also should be noted is the heavy emotional themes and immoral characters. The main character has many affairs with various women, through-out, even when his young daughter is nearby. You can tell throughout the movie that the main character is emotionally disturbed with his life style and also bored and depressed. The main character also is frequently stoned, watching pole-dancers, and hosting/attending parties. ___________________________________________________________________ *Spolier Starts Here!* The ending mostly redeems the movie morally. After he drops his daughter off at summer camp, Johnny drives home, feeling the emptiness he felt before his daughter entered his life. He breaks down emotionally in his hotel room and calls some of his lovers to come and comfort him, which they decline and tell him they can't. Eventually, Johnny suddenly checks out of his hotel room the next morning, apparently tired of his current life, and begins to drive far away from the hotel, knowing that the only way he can find true purpose in life is to leave his past behind. *Spoiler Ends Here!* ___________________________________________________________________ While the ending could be considered uplifting, the rest of the movie is strongly iffy for anyone under seventeen. The teen most be aware that the main character has lots of moral and emotional issues and is in no way a role model in any shape or form. It is only when he found love, exspecailly the love of his daughter, that he truly felt some kind of peace deep down inside. ___________________________________________________________________ Altogether, Somewhere is strictly for mostly an adult audience that fully understand that there are some messed up people out there and remember that they are not truly happy. What makes Somewhere even more iffy, even for adults, is the sex scenes featured occasionally that contain nudity. These are graphic and easily could have been toned down. Caution is recommended for any aged audience before watching Somewhere, though it should not be avoided.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking