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‘Somewhere’ Trailer: Sofia Coppola Explores the Rough Lives of Rich People

Somewhere

Focus Features has unleashed the first trailer for Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film Somewhere, a drama about a bad boy actor (Stephen Dorff) who — while struggling to survive life at the Chateau Marmont — is forced to reconnect with his 11-year old daughter (Elle Fanning). There’s nothing like a rags-to-riches tale about privileged people with substance abuse problems and issues with taking responsibility for themselves. Am I right?

Don’t get me wrong, I like Sofia Coppola’s work to a point. She makes visually interesting films and delivers characters that are unusual and often times memorable. But if I have to sit through one more film about how hard it is to be a successful human being with a precocious child, I might drive to Los Angeles and jump into the Chateau Marmont pool — from the roof. Enough with the White People Problems, Ms. Coppola. How about you step outside the world you know and make something honest about people that exist in the real world? Just a request — not that you’re taking requests. But I find you to be an interesting storyteller, I just don’t like the stories you choose to tell.

And I’m done. Somewhere is due in theaters on December 22, 2010 and will undoubtedly come with a built-in awards campaign. The first trailer is available for your inspection below, or over at Apple.com in High Definition.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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