Cinema: 200 Cigarettes

Directed by Risa Bramon Garcia

In this comedy about a dozen or so young'uns on New Year's Eve 1981, the first few minutes have promise (with an all-star list of Gen-X actors), and the last few minutes provide fun (with snapshots of lovers and losers). In between there is a void--feeble jokes, a lot of falling down and foolish declarations. Shana Larsen's script has the feel of a sitcom pilot, with the actors urged to make a quick impression. What's left? Fine turns by Courtney Love, Angela Featherstone, Dave Chapelle and Martha Plimpton. The film pushes them into mud, and they get up smelling sweet.

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