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Human Traffic (1999)

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

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Justin Kerrigan

Writer:

Justin Kerrigan
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Simm ... Jip
Lorraine Pilkington Lorraine Pilkington ... Lulu
Shaun Parkes ... Koop
Nicola Reynolds ... Nina
Danny Dyer ... Moff
Dean Davies Dean Davies ... Lee
Peter Albert Peter Albert ... Lulu's Uncle Eric
Jan Anderson ... Karen Benson
Terence Beesley ... Moff's Father
Sarah Blackburn Sarah Blackburn ... Jip's Ex #2
Anne Bowen Anne Bowen ... Moff's Grandmother
Neil Bowens Neil Bowens ... Asylum Doorman
Peter Bramhill ... Matt
Jo Brand ... Reality (voice)
Stephanie Brooks Stephanie Brooks ... Fleur
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Weekend has Landed! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Jip's room has movie posters of Clerks, Lost Highway, and The Shining, among others. See more »

Goofs

When Jip is driving home from work, his right foot - his accelerator foot - is tapping along to the music yet the car still drives smoothly. See more »

Quotes

Jip: I'm sexually paranoid.
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Alternate Versions

The US version was edited to remove certain cultural references that it was felt Stateside audiences would be unable to identify with. Notable amongst the changes was the removal of the "Summer of Love", late 80s/early 90s flashback sequence - complete with dummies, glowsticks, et al. Apparently this - and other refences - were thought to have been confusing for American youths whose similar "old school rave" period came rather more recently. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Believe
Written by Dillinja
Published by Copyright Control
Performed by Dillinja
Licensed courtesy of Valve Recordings/London Records 90 Ltd.
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You really need to be able to relate or else it will just frustrate you
1 February 2004 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

As the weekend approaches, the working days come to a close and the weekend of partying and forgetting everything else approaches. We follow a group of friends from their jobs to their Friday night highs. Jip is having erection problems, Koop mistrusts his girlfriend, Lu has just split from her most recent boyfriend and Nina is preparing to let her brother take E for the first time. They all hate their jobs, but the weekend gives them an opportunity to get away.

When this came out it got both horrible reviews and good reviews, so I didn't know totally what to expect, but I expected to hate it because it marked itself out from the very start as one of those very self-aware 'youf' movies. However, although that's exactly what it is, I did actually enjoy it nonetheless. There is not a plot so much as a weekend experience and it does struggle at times without a frame of any sort. However while it is hitting the spot and being energetic and funny it doesn't matter. The odd time it tries to give the characters specific issues or lives it tends to hurt itself but for the majority it works.

The script is funny with nice imaginative touches blended with real life club/drug culture/pub culture references and settings to make it identifiable and interesting. I suppose it very much depends on who you are. If you are not part of that scene or have no knowledge of it then it may just seem like a big pointless waste of time. For me, much of it was recognisable regardless of what I have done or have not done. While some of it was unknown to me, I still found it funny and was able to relate to much of it. It is very clear about it's stance on drugs (with a not-so-subtle clip of Bill Hicks just to ram the point home) but at least it shows the immediate bad side if not the longer lasting effects; the comedown/hangover scenes are pretty much fair and balanced, as are the scenes of enjoyment and fun brought by drugs. However to compare this film to Trainspotting is a joke! The latter was very clearly showing a balanced view of drugs, whereas this film is less balanced, and is more about the pleasure, being aimed at the user market.

The cast are young and lively and deal well with the material without ever impressing. Parkes seems the most comfortable with his role, although Davies convinces in a speeded up dealer performance. Simm is lumbered with the narration but does OK but there are no really good female characters compared to the men.

Overall this is worth seeing if you can relate to it and get laughs from seeing people you recognise in the characters. However if, after 10 minutes you can't see what the point of the whole thing is and it just seems noisy and stupid then it's likely not aimed at you and you're better off without it. Either way it isn't great but if you get it, it is energetic and funny enough to watch.


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Language:

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Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$104,257

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,257
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1.85 : 1
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