A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses.

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's 11:59 on New Year's Eve. Do you know where your date is?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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26 February 1999 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,244,277 (USA) (26 February 1999)

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$6,851,636 (USA) (7 May 1999)
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Trivia

During filming Casey Affleck mentioned to Kate Hudson that 'Romeo and Juliet' by Dire Straits was one of his favorite love songs. Hudson secretly convinced the director to play the song during Affleck and Hudson's characters final scene together as a surprise for him. Casey Affleck didn't find out until he watched the movie at the premiere. See more »

Goofs

In one of the club scenes, a patch on a dancers jacket can be seen briefly on the left side of the screen. This is an "Anti-You" O.J. Symptoms patch. The OJ Symptoms were a punk band in the mid '90s. See more »

Quotes

Hillary: I don't want to look desperate.
Monica: Desperate? You could stand there naked with a mattress strapped to your back and still look like a vestal virgin.
Hillary: Do you think that would work?
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Crazy Credits

At the end of credits Disco Cabie can be heard saying, "If you only remember one thing I've said, remember this; James Brown is the baddest motherf@cker in show business." See more »

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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Wonderland
By Jon Lind (as Jonathan Lind) & Allee Willis
Produced by Girls Against Boys
Girls Against Boys performed courtesy of Geffen Records
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1982 is going to be like the best year ever.
5 April 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

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 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.


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