December 13, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Closer

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
98 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/03/04
performer
Jude Law, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts
director
Mike Nichols
distributor
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author
Patrick Marber
genre
Drama

SPOILER ALERT! Though it’s hard to see where more nihilism could be squeezed into Mike Nichols’ adaptation of Closer, a closer (sorry!) look at the Patrick Marber play on which the film is based reveals that Natalie Portman’s Alice originally had a darker fate: In the play, she gets mowed down by a car on Madison Avenue (the only lasting damage from an earlier bump by a taxi was her introduction to Jude Law’s Dan). ”The film ends one scene before the play ends,” says Marber of the tweak. ”I’m perfectly happy with it.” Happy? What is this happy of which you speak?

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