Human Traffic (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  5 May 2000 (USA)
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Five friends spend one lost weekend in a mix of music, love and club culture.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorraine Pilkington ...
Nicola Reynolds ...
Dean Davies ...
Peter Albert ...
Lulu's Uncle Eric
Moff's Father
Sarah Blackburn ...
Jip's Ex #2
Anne Bowen ...
Moff's Grandmother
Neil Bowens ...
Asylum Doorman
Peter Bramhill ...
Jo Brand ...
Reality (voice)
Stephanie Brooks ...


The Cardiff club scene in the 90's: five best friends deal with their relationships and their personal demons during a weekend. Jip calls himself a sexual paranoid, afraid he's impotent. Lulu, Jip's mate, doesn't find much to fancy in men. Nina hates her job at a fast food joint, and her man, Koop, who dreams of being a great hip-hop d.j., is prone to fits of un-provoked jealousy. The fifth is Moff, whose family is down on his behavior. Starting Friday afternoon, with preparations for clubbing, we follow the five from Ecstacy-induced fun through a booze-laden come-down early Saturday morning followed by the weekend's aftermath. It's breakthrough time for at least three of them. Written by <>

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The Weekend has Landed! See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug content and language, and for some strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

B oтрыв!  »

Box Office


£2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£434,261 (UK) (4 June 1999)


$104,257 (USA) (19 May 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 'Making of' feature on the Remixed DVD goes into the difficulties of filming a 4 minute Steadicam tracking shot. This shot never appeared in the final version of the film and led to the first Assistant Director leaving the project. See more »


When Koop is selling records to the hip hop guy in the beginning of the movie, the needle jumps. The last time that we see Hip Hop Guy from Koop's perspective, the needle has jumped onto the slipmat, and then in the next shot, the needle jumps back off the slipmat. See more »


Nina: I can voluntarily perform a fanny fart at all times.
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References The Magic Roundabout (1964) See more »


Out of the Blue
Written by Ferry Corsten
Published by Basart Music Group
Performed by System F
Licensed courtesy of London Records 90 Ltd.
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thank god they only covered the weekend
11 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I bought this on DVD after missing out when it was released and was expecting a witty but terse affair much like the excellent trainspotting, from the mindless drivel of the opening monolgues I knew that it was 10 pounds wasted.

Okay lets put the facts straight this film probably shouldn't hit the heights of the junkie limbo atmosphere of trainspotting but rather be a more light hearted affair with flamboyant characters, as even a treacharous plot-line as human traffic blatantly is could be rescued by a gang of young charismatic cast-members, human traffic fails and dies in every aspect with drab performances all round by a bunch of twenty-somethings who seem to be picked off the street for their complete lack of talent in this movie not to mention lack of chemistry between them.

Much like Renton is our narrative guide in Trainspotting, the protaganist Jip(John Simm) leads us into this movie telling us he has certain problems in the bedroom, it is a relief once he has finished his mind-numbingly mundane drivel about mr softy to see some of the other characters but the disappointment is that some are as bad or even worse.

We meet Koop(shaun parkes) an entertaining character at first-look who works in a music store but as he continues you get the feeling this movie is not going to have much impact when he spouts more or less the same trying to be "hip, young and cool" quota that Jip has just told you, by no means does the misery of the introduction end there.

Nina, the fast-food waitress is one of the worst characters I have ever had to endure with the need to say f**k in pretty much the start, middle and end of every line she says, ok i blame the script for that but it's just not worth watching her character at all in this film it makes Jip and Koop seem like the most charismatic people you've ever met.

Nina's best friend Lulu comes next, the powerful blonde has so much potential to become "the witty one" in this film but just falls down like all the others before her into the bottomless pit of unfunny flashbacks and notoriously sterile conversations with her counterparts

Apart from Nina's brother Lee who is another banale poor character, this is where my criticism of the characters end for there is one gem amongst the cast and it comes in the form of cheeky cockney pill-popper Moff played by Danny Dyer who is actually very very funny, witty and most importantly believeable which the rest of the cast completely fall short of being. Moff's rants make this film somewhat bearable as you look forward to his stories of getting drugged up, calling a porn line and spouting his life story and subsequently running up a whopping phone bill!

Don't get me wrong I enjoy a good comedy and probably even more-so a good british comedy but i can't defend or compliment this film in any great deal because it does not serve the purpose of a comedy- it is not funny! Scenes where they make an alternative national anthem and quote some of the music that they hate are simplistic and inadequate at getting laughs from an audience. My advice to anyone who wants to watch this film is to rent it rather than buy it because I am desperatly looking for a prospective buyer as this will be used as a surface to put my remote in future.

Overall I had good expectations of this film but after watching it realise none of those expectations were fulfilled: a poor script, probably a bunch of the most un-magnetic actors(with the exception of Moff) ever assembled and a dire plot make for a bitter one and a half hours where you'll be constantly checking your timer to see if your anywhere near the end of the film.

I would give this film a generous 2 out of 10 which are for Danny Dyer's humourous character Moff and a reasonable soundtrack

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