Set in London, the movie centers on two British males and two American females -- all strangers when the story opens. Dan (Jude Law) is a caddish obituary writer who falls for sweet-natured stripper Alice (Natalie Portman); Anna (Julia Roberts) is a moody photographer who ends up attached to dermatologist Larry (Clive Owen, nailing the film's most complex role). With time jumps that will catch the daydreaming viewer off guard, the film tracks their evolving -- or should that be devolving? -- relationships, as Dan chases Anna, Larry sniffs around Alice, and all four characters take the notion of "brutal honesty" to such an extreme that their words suddenly qualify as deadly weapons.
Many will criticize the film because the characters' motivations don't always make sense and their actions aren't often in their own best interests. And that differs from real life exactly how?