December 06, 2004

Getting “Closer”

I caught Mike Nichols’ “Closer” over the weekend, and despite my abiding hatred for all things Julia Roberts, I generally liked it. Some good dialogue, a dynamite performance from Clive Owen, and great London scenery- it’s like the best movie Neil LaBute never made.

But “Closer” will likely most be known, I’m sure, by Natalie Portman’s soon-to-be-famous striptease scene (sorry guys, no nudity, at least not until the DVD). Armond White called the scene unrealistic, because the background song –The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now”- would never be played in a real strip club. True enough, but I can’t say the same about the other song in the scene- Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up.” Back in college, some asshole would ALWAYS blast that one from the upper levels of the quad, during the annual “Take Back the Night” march.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 6, 2004 10:03 PM

I've been waiting for a review that would finally tell me whether or not Portman's clothes stay on.

I'll be waiting for the DVD.

Posted by: Bill McCabe at December 7, 2004 06:26 AM

It would be unusual but not entirely surprising to hear that song in a few of the better strip clubs in New Orleans. Uh, or so I'm told. ;-)

Posted by: Dave J at December 7, 2004 12:21 PM

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