Nov 15, 2008

Just Seen: 200 Cigarettes


Well, maybe I'm cheating a little bit on this one - I have just seen it, but it's not the first time. You know how there are some films you just keep catching on TV all the time? Well, a few years ago it kept happening to me with 200 Cigarettes (incidentally, one of my friends is the most extreme example of this phenomenon that I've ever heard of. For a while every time she went home to visit her parents, she would always catch the exact same scene in an episode of Coupling in which Susan is supposed to show one of her boobs to her friends!).
Anyways, I remember quite liking this film at the time. I also remember being a little bit mushy about it because one of the storylines was quite similar to a really complicated relationship I was in at the time. I was pretty interested to see whether my opinion would change after so much time. And... It hasn't. I'm really puzzled by the fact that 200 Cigarettes flopped so spectacularly at the time of its release and garnered almost universally bad reviews. Sure, it's not a masterpiece, but it has an all-star cast and an unpretentious, sweet script.
It's 1981, New Year's Eve, and a bunch of twenty-somethings all try to find love on their way to a party. It's just a simple feel-good movie, exactly what it says on the box. If you don't expect too much, I'm sure you'll have a good time with it. It's cheerful, colorful, and its heart is in the right place. I recommend seeing it a few days before New Year's, just to get you in the mood.

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