Sofia Coppola always seems to keep us at a distance from her characters. This worked in "Lost in Translation" because we, like the characters, were reaching out and longing for closeness. It worked in "The Virgin Suicides" because it was told from the boys' perspectives. We were just as enthralled by the Lisbon sisters and wanted to reach them as much as the boys did. This approach just hasn't worked for Coppola's other movies. I'm not saying that she's overrated, because I don't think she is. I just think she needs to stick to what works for her, because it really, really works. Either that or find another way to emotionally connect with the viewer... because whatever she was aiming for here... no. Just no.