New Year's Eve, 1981, the Lower East Side. Monica's having a party, but as late as 9, no one's there. She stews (and drinks). Folks are on their way, all looking for love, sex, or both. En route, paths cross, gambits misfire: a performance artist, her boyfriend until today and his long-time pal Lucy, two Long Island high-school girls, two punk rockers, a bartender, a Scottish painter who's lousy in bed, a pretty face named Jack who runs when women say they love him, his cute but clumsy date Cindy, two trendy vamps, a loquacious cabby, the man-crazed Hillary, and Elvis Costello. Nearly everybody smokes, and nearly everybody scores. And all get who and what they deserve. Written by
Usually I like ensemble movies, even relatively plotless ones like this. I am also usually impressed with Janeane Garofalo, Christina Ricci, and the Afflecks. However, this movie was a dud. The dialogue was boring, the situations banal, and the characters one-dimensional stereotypes. The writing was simply awful, and the actors seemed to know it too. They all sounded like they were sleeping through their parts. You'd never know any of these actors had any talent at all! The only good thing about this movie was the soundtrack, which featured some of the best songs of the early 80's. Unfortunately, it was hard to hear the songs over the banal dialogue. The over-the-top 80's fashions were fun to look at too, but there have been better movies made about the early 80s, such as "The Wedding Singer" and "The Last Days of Disco." A waste of time.
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