Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Murray has always had a tragic-clown undercurrent to his comedy, so it’s not as much of a stretch for him to disappear inside this sad character as it was for, say, Jack Nicholson in “About Schmidt.” He is, however, the perfect embodiment of this tired TV star, able to turn on his potent charisma like a light switch but mostly too melancholy to bother. Coppola plays his wit against Johansson’s intelligence and femininity to create a fascinating relationship; we could listen to these weary two talk for hours. Though bordering on pretension, Coppola’s film is good-hearted enough to make us care.

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