I thought this movie was very entertaining. I loved every minute of it. I love nostalgic movies about the 1980's, and this is one of the better ones to come out recently. Courtney Love stood out as the best actress in the movie; she definitely stole the show. I only had one complaint, there were lots of high quality stars, but not enough time devoted to each individual one. Go out and see this one. It is worth the time! :-
Stellar ensemble vehicle (by mitch-23)
this is one of my all-time favorite movies; as evidenced by my review history, I am not a compulsive reviewer, but decided that if one more movie deserves my shout-out it is this low-profile and vastly underrated effort so I dredged up my registration information which I hadn't used in years; I remember stumbling upon the movie at my local home video rental store nine years ago; I immediately fell in love with this star-jammed vehicle that effortlessly manages to be stridently observant and yet retain a light and joyfully irrelevant touch; some of the reviewers complain that its crowded <more>
story-lines don't allow for fully-fledged characters but fail to see that it's one of the successful wink-wink aspects of the movie: most of the protagonists ARE fully-fledged, it's just that there just so much to their character! They are either shallow/vapid people or one-track minds desperate to score before the last hours of the old year ring out; both types can be sketched with a few confident strokes! for instance, just listening in on the bathroom conversation of Caitlin and Bridget you get all the insight into their character that you need to know perfectly well where they come from and what is their motivation; come on, given the lightweight subject matter I don't see how you can expect a 162-minute English patient-calibre backstory; you might ask then why waste time on a movie about shallow people or people obsessed with hosting the perfect party? because shallow plus zero self-awareness plus NYC art-scene types equals funny; being so caught up in party dip and New Year's decoration that it leads up to existential drama and queasiness is also hilarious in my book; and 200 cigarettes serves up just that sort of delightful cinematic entertainment; not to mention that it has one of my all-time favorite one-liners: "I DARE you to f*** me!"
it just a simple movie about guys going to a party and getting it all mixed up, messed up., nice when you see how love works even when we all hide behind the smoke of your cigarette. the quest for love, for fun, for a party is very well portrayed. different characters, different situations, kind of make you feel you are in the middle of the desperation on new years eve, i think 1981 1982 was a great time to place it.the speeches and quotes and the way they develop a love and funny story is very nice. i t has a lot of characters making you crazy going from here to there on new year's eve. <more>
the humor is stool, and smart, i t has a great soundtrack, and in the end, it all turns out very well.
1982 is going to be like the best year ever. (by vertigo_14)
I love this movie. Plain and simple, I thought everyone in it did a good job being a giant bunch of twenty-something city kooks, each involved in their own various attempts to find a date, culminating in a New Year's Eve party to ring in 1982. The movie has whole slew of great comedians -- Paul Rudd as Kevin, the depressed and readily available friend of happy-go-lucky Lucy Courtney Love who goes out of her way to cheer up her friend after being dumped by long-time girlfriend, Ellie Janeane Garafolo , the artsy fartsy type. Caitlyn Angela Featherstone Bridget search out dates after <more>
dumping Scotsman Eric following news that her lumberjack boyfriend was suddenly discovered alive and well. Dave Chepelle plays the raddest cab driver as he tries to get his passengers to just ease up, toke up, and go nuts...because it's New Years.But no one is funnier than Martha Plimpton, who plays the paranoid host of the party, and the two party hopefuls played by Christina Ricci and Gabby Hoffman, who wander as far as the notorious "Avenue B" to find Val's cousin's party. Unfortunately, the night is accompanied by top 40s 80s music, but it doesn't matter. The situations in the movie are so hilarious, it sure it a funky movie.
I was skeptical as I sat down to watch 200 cigarettes earlier tonite. I was prepared for the worst. At least I knew I'd get to look at Christina Ricci. But this movie surprised me and left me with a sense of fulfillment for having watched it. I did not waste my time after all!The story takes place on New Year's Eve 1981 and incorporates 3 storylines into one. All the characters are tied together in one way or another and the movie centralizes around the New Year's Eve party and a woman's apartment which no one shows up at until she's drunk and passed out .This tale of <more>
sex, booze, and cigarettes showed the ridiculousness of these things and made us laugh at the same time. Despite the party being the central theme of the movie...we do not get to see it at all. This leaves a lot to the imagination. The movie was shot so that it alternated between characters and storylines but intertwined them beautifully. Every member of the star studded cast put in a great performance and this movie was truly well done. I enjoyed it very much and give it a 9 out of 10. If you're not offended easily...go out and rent this movie today!
I'm 37, so I'm about the same age of the people in this period. I had heard bad commentary on this movie and granted my expectations were lowered. Yes, the characters are shallow to a large degree, and the person I watched with got quite bored with this dialoge driven comedy. That being said, it has been a great while since I enjoyed a comedy as much as this. Like an Arthur Hailey novel you constantly bounce around to 5 or 6 parties and their very different issues. I could relate in alot of ways; please remember this is a couple years before the Aids crisis. I never found it to be <more>
dull, indeed I was draw in by the characters as things went along. I think what bothered many who've commented on the movie, is you are lead to believe everyone will be meeting at the 'Party'. Have patience; remember the film is about the people, not the party. The end of the movie was probably the best part. If you're intriged by what I've described here, definitly make this a Must-See"
Mr. Chappelle stands out as usual. Otherwise nothing is really that incredible about this flick. It is one of a couple dozen that come and go in the same fashion every year. I did like the line though, "you're not ugly, you know I don't have ugly people as friends." Mediocre and passable.
The title of this movie is so obvious. (by kabanks)
As soon as I saw the title of this movie I instantly realized what the title was referring to.Do you remember when Courtney loves character buys her flatmate a carton of cigarettes for his b'day?????Hello?????!!!!There are two hundred cigarettes in a carton. Not really all that mysterious hey? I'm fairly certain when she hands the smokes to him she tells him that he now has 200 cigarettes to get into so smoke up. Does this make a bit more sense now to all those out there that need written directions for everything?
Overlooked film that should have been more popular (by giflarosa)
"200 Cigarettes" contains some excellent acting Courtney Love, Christina Ricci, and my personal favorite, Martha Plimpton , some great dialogue and humor, and a story that keeps moving and keeps you engaged. Not profound, but a lot of fun in the same way that, say, a William Powell movie from the '30s was.I'm at a loss to understand why the director of this film has directed almost nothing else. Unlike most of what hits the screens, this movie passes an acid test in that it bears watching more than once. Try maintaining interest in, by contrast, the second viewing of <more>
something like "Top Gun." You can't do it.The world needs more movies like this one. Highly recommended.