Teen Scarlett saturates local screens

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 1:50 a.m.

Teen actress Scarlett Johansson hits Gainesville's big screens this week in three flicks, two in the running for Oscars.

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Owen Wilson stars in "The Big Bounce," opening Friday at Royal Park.


The native New Yorker, who made her film debut when she was 10, stars as an anti-establishment youth in "The Perfect Score." She plays a member of a group of students attempting to steal the answers to the SAT and beat the test that can seal their futures.

Rated PG-13, the film opens Friday at Gator Cinemas Oaks 4 West and Royal Park.

Johansson, 19, leads the cast in the 2003 period piece "Girl with a Pearl Earring," rated PG-13 and opening at Royal Park.

The film has earned Oscar nominations for art direction, cinematography and costume design. It stars Johansson as the 16-year-old subject of a painting by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. The girl works as a housemaid in the artist's home where tensions erupt between the painter and his wife over his involvement with the girl.

Johansson also stars with Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation," an Oscar nominee for best picture. The film will be re-released Friday at Butler Plaza, along with best picture Oscar contender "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World."

The thriller "The Big Bounce" premieres Friday at Royal Park. Owen Wilson plays a likeable drifter caught up in double-cross involving a shady real estate developer, a judge and a pretty local. The movie, rated PG-13 and set on Oahu's North Shore, also stars Morgan Freeman, Sara Foster and Gary Sinise.

Other openings this week at Royal Park are "Elephant," an R-rated drama on high school violence, and the musical-comedy "You Got Served," rated PG-13. It also opens at Cinema 90 in Lake City.

Playing Monday at the Hippodrome Cinema is "You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train." The film, part of a continuing documentary series co-sponsored by the Civic Media Center, looks at the life of historian and activist Howard Zinn.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or

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