Seeing Lost In Translation on the Upper East Side

Lost in Translation soundtrack,

Context isn't everything, but it counts. We just got back from seeing Lost In Translation with a multi-generational crowd, in the movie theater around the corner from Holly Golightly's brownstone. As they say, it's the little differences:

  • "Gorgeous sheets." --Woman of a certain age behind us, upon the cut to Bill Murray sitting on the Park Hyatt bed. [300-count egyptian cotton? Nice, but could be better, lady. Now pipe down.]
  • "hahahaha." --me, laughing alone at the previously unrecognized 4:20 reference.
  • "nice soundtrack." --me, wondering if the limited edition soundtrack is out yet.
  • "soundtrack'd be better if the idiot in front of us'd stop proclaiming Shinjuku landmarks to his mother/sugar mama. It ain't no Harajuku, pal. Now pipe down." - me.
  • "I loved it." --adult children of the sheets woman, after it was over.
  • "I hated it." --the sheets woman.

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