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The movie opens with Dan (Jude Law) walking down the street in London. He spots Natalie Portman walking in the opposite direction and they make eye contact and begin to smile at one another. Not being used to cars drving on the left side of the road in the UK, she steps into traffic and gets hit by a car. Dan runs to her side and she wakes up and says "Hello, stranger." She isn't badly hurt, and Dan takes her to the hospital where they start to get to know each other. As theyre leaving the hospital, they pass by a park that Dan remembers from when he was little. They pass a wall and notice that it has the names of firemen, policemen, or anyone else who has given their life to save another person. (This scene is important)
They get on the bus and continue their conversation. We learn that Dan is a wanna-be writer who daylights as an obituary writer. Natalie Portmans character introduces herself as Alice Ayres. Shes a stripper from New York who came to London to leave a relationship. They finally arrive at Dans office. He says goodbye and starts to leave and then turns around. When asked if he has a girlfriend, he says yes.
Then we jump ahead 1 year. (This happens a lot in the film) We see that Dan is having his photo taken by Anna (Julia Roberts). Dan and Alice are living together, and Dan has written a novel about Alices life. Anna is taken his photo for the dust jacket. Shes a photographer who mainly takes portraits of strangers. She mentions that she likes to go to the aquarium and possibly take photos of people there. Shes separated from her husband. He learns that shes read his book and likes it. They kiss one another and she learns that hes got a girlfriend and the book is based on her. She ends the kiss at the point, while hes professing that he likes her a lot and needs to see her. She tells him to get over it.
At this point we hear the door buzzing and know that its Alice, whos come to meet Dan. He lets her up to the studio where she and Anna meet. Alice asks Anna to take her photograph and Dan leaves so the two of them can be alone. She begins to take her photo and Alice reveals that she heard their conversation on the intercom when she was downstairs. She turns away and Anna begins to apologize. Alice turns back with tears in her eyes and tells her to take the damn picture.
Next we see Dan in his apartment on his computer. Hes in a sex chat room and has logged on as a woman for a joke. He meets another man on the web whos name is Larry( Clive Owen). Hes a dermatologist logging on while at work. When he asks Dan for a name, he tells him Anna. They write some hot and heavy stuff back to one another and Dan offers to meet Larry in person as a joke. He tells him to meet him at the aquarium. Larry goes there the next day and Anna is there as a coincidence. He approaches her and they discover that Dan has played a joke on him. Hes embarrassed, shes amused, and they start to hit it off.
We cut ahead 4 months later. Dan and Alice are getting ready to go to Annas art exhibition. We also learn that Dans father has passed away, and Dan is going to the funeral after the art exhibition. Alice wants to go with him and support him, but he wants to be alone. They go to the exhibition and see the photo that Anna took of Alice with tears in her eyes. While Alice is looking at it she meets Larry. They have a brief discussion and mild flirtation, and she learns that Larry and Anna are dating. Dan is still infatuated with Anna, and she tells him how she and Larry met, and that they call him cupid. We also learn that Dans book failed and he is once again an obituary writer. Dan puts Alice in a cab, pretending that hes heading straight to the funeral, when actually he goes back to talk to Alice again.
We cut ahead in time again, to about 1 year later. Dan comes into his apartment at first telling Alice that hes been at a business dinner. Finally he admits that hes been seeing Anna and that theyve been having an affair since the art exhibition. At the same time we see Anna in her apartment with Larry. They are married now and Larry has just returned from a business trip. She doesnt tell him anything at first. Larry says he cant stand lying to her and admits that he slept with a prostitute on his trip. She simply tells him its OK and then it comes out that shes been having an affair with Dan. Larry is furious and asks her why she bothered to marry him. She says she tried to end it when they decided to get married, but it started up again. He wants explicit details about her and Dan and she gives them to him. Hes furious and tells her to leave. Meanwhile Alice is heartbroken and in tears. Dan tries to comfort her and feels bad about hurting her. Shes leaves the apartment and he has no idea where shes gone.
Then we see Larry going into a strip club. He spots Alice, whos working there as a stripper. He arranges a private dance. She gives him one willingly. She flirts and smiles and tells him her name in Jane Jones as part of the act. Hes torn up about Anna and gets frustrated that she plays with him and wont take him seriously. He says he wants to sleep with her and she tells him no. Then he asks for another dance, which she does do.
The movie cuts ahead again and we see Anna rushing to meet Dan at a concert. She apologizes for being late. They sit to have a drink and we learn that she met Larry earlier in the day to finalize the divorce. He signed the divorced papers. A few moments later Dan guesses that Anna slept with Larry that day, and he was right. We see the meeting earlier, and Larry says that he will sign the divorce papers if shell sleep with him one last time, and she agrees. Anna says she did it to end the whole thing and that all Larry got was her body. Dan is still upset.
We cut ahead in time again and we see Dan storming into Larrys office. Anna left Dan and is back with Larry. Dan tries to confront him and claim that this is all Larrys fault, when Larry reveals that Anna never did file the divorce papers. She back with Larry because shes doomed to be in rocky relationships because shes a depression junky, but he loves her all the same and wants to be with her. Larry is at first angry with Dan and then begins to pity him because Dan is truly heartbroken and starts to cry. He tells Dan to go back to Alice, and Dan reveals that he doesnt know where she is. Larry tells him about the strip club and assures him that he didnt sleep with Alice when he saw her at the club. As Dan is leaving, Larry tells Dan that in truth, he did sleep with Alice.
We see Alice and Dan in a hotel room together at the airport. They seem really happy together. Shes taking him back to New York as a treat. Dan asks her if she slept with Larry, and she tells him no. He keeps asking her because hes not sure if he believes her and needs to know the truth. Eventually its dropped and he leaves the room to get cigarettes. He comes back with a flower and she tells him that shes not in love with him anymore. She tells him she stopped loving him just now because he kept pressing about Larry. Finally she admits the truth. She and Larry did sleep together. Dan tries to convince her that it doesnt matter and he loves her, but shes fed up and tells him to leave. She starts yelling at him and he slaps her.
We see Alice arriving in New York by herself. At the same time we see Dan back in London. He passes the park from the first day they met and notices one of the names on the wall is Alice Ayres. Back in New York, when Alice is going through customs, we see that her real name on her passport is Jane Jones(her name in the strip club).
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