Movies: Caffeine and Nicotine

Mismatched stars drink and smoke but don't connect in Jarmusch's cool Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee And Cigarettes? The title is a flat-out anachronism. As the sales curve at Starbucks proves, we still meet our pals for conversations in public caffeine dispensaries. But cigarettes are verboten.

This is of no consequence to Jim Jarmusch, whose sneakily delirious film offers a series of vignettes in which a number of potent stars (Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Tom Waits and Iggy Pop among them), playing fictionalized versions of themselves, consume large quantities of nasty-looking java and enough smoke to put the entire nation on a Stage 3 smog alert.

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