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Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  11 June 2004 (USA)
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A series of vignettes that all have coffee and cigarettes in common.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roberto (segment "Strange to Meet You")
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Steven (segment "Strange to Meet You")
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Cinqué Lee ...
Evil Twin / Kitchen Guy (segment "Twins / Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil")
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Danny (segment "Twins")
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Tom (segment "Somewhere in California")
Joseph Rigano ...
Joe (segment "Those Things'll Kill Ya") (as Joe Rigano)
Vinny Vella ...
Vinny (segment "Those Things'll Kill Ya")
Vinny Vella Jr. ...
Vinny Jr. (segment "Those Things'll Kill Ya")
Renee French ...
Renée (segment "Renée") (as Renée French)
E.J. Rodriguez ...
Waiter (segment "Renée")
Alex Descas ...
Alex (segment "No Problem")
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Isaach (segment "No Problem")
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Cate / Shelly (segment "Cousins")
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Storyline

Eleven separate vignettes are presented. In each, celebrities, playing semi-fictionalized versions of themselves (with the exception of the characters of various wait staff, and one actor playing a lookalike cousin of herself), meet in a food service establishment with coffee/tea and cigarettes involved. Beyond the topic of discussion that brought them together, they often talk directly about coffee and cigarettes, more often that coffee and cigarettes, and by association caffeine and nicotine, are not healthy, especially if they are the only things constituting lunch. Other recurring themes include the Lee family, cousinhood, celebrity worship, the connection between the medical and musical careers, and Nikola Tesla's belief that the Earth is a conductor of acoustic resonance. In all cases, the coming together for coffee/tea and smokes acts as a bridge to overcome disagreements, and/or makes uncomfortable situations less uncomfortable. Written by Huggo

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11 June 2004 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$99,162 (USA) (14 May 2004)

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$1,971,135 (USA) (16 July 2004)
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Trivia

Tom Waits improvised his excuse for being late for his rendezvous with Iggy Pop. In it he explains that he had to perform "roadside surgery" to deliver a baby in the back of a car. Waits is known for toying with journalists and is fond of altering his place of birth (barn, elevator, etc.). In one such interview he claimed to have been born in the back of a taxi cab. See more »

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When Cathy is giving the paper bag to Shelby, the bag is tied at the top, but when Shelby is taking it, it is wide open. See more »

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Iggy: Cigarettes and coffee, man, that's a combination.
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Fantazias for the Viols
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Performed by Fretwork
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great after some wine, with friends
10 October 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This movie is better than the first reviewer claims. The context of the movie is definitely social, but the humor is only superficially based on the character's real-life celebrity. True, the background music is interesting if you are a film buff. But, take my advice, watch this movies after a couple drinks, at a social gathering, to really enjoy it. The humor is better than in most full length feature comedies. I laughed loud and hard and had a lot of fun when I caught this at the university of Chicago's student movie theater.

the real interest in this film is the social awkwardness created when people meet under false pretense or forced circumstance, versus the natural comfort that is obvious between longtime friends who enjoy each others company.. The gestures and facial expressions by these great actors more than make up for the weaknesses of the film. The brother/sister pairs show boredom and typical familial nit-picking. Iggy and Tom waits are brilliant. buschemi is a little misplaced in the scene where he shows up. my 2 favorite scenes, that i feel show the real genius of jarmusch, are 1.) the moment when molina's gestures have revealed that he is not, as indicated in the first review, a sycophant, but simply an honest and interested human being who is higher up in the scheme of things than the pretentious jerk he tries to befriend; and 2.)the scene where the old guy falls asleep and the camera zooms in on him for a moment, revealing a great moment of humanity.


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