Disclaimer! We know it’s technically the New Year, but… better late than never, right?
It’s the same thing every year. You make plans, get lots of booze in you, find someone to kiss and try really really hard NOT to get too drunk. Then when you wake up the next morning, you tell yourself, next year, next year will be better! Next New Years Eve will be perfect. It’s an endless cycle. That’s why the movie I turn to for advice to get me out of this rut is the one and only 200 Cigarettes.
For those who know nothing about the awesomeness that is 200 Cigarettes let me break it down for you. It’s the cult classic about a group of characters on the prowl to find Mr. or Ms. Right for New Year’s 1981. And the cast is one of the best jam-packed Hollywood casts ever!
Two young girls, Val (Christina Ricci) and Stephie (Gabi Hoffman), bushy tailed and ready, are searching for strange hot guys and Val’s cousin’s party. Val looks like a sex kitten in a tight red dress, paired with red leather gloves and a faux-fur jacket. Her buddy, Stephie looks like she came straight from a Madonna video with her over pattern blazer, neon pink tights, and mile-high yellow booties.
Naturally, Val and Stephie are being followed by the strange yet oddly attractive eye candies Tom (Casey Affleck) and Dave (Guillermo Diaz), who are two punk-rock, heavy-metal, leather-jacketed, orange-haired, make-up wearing, heavily studded gentleman. You know, just looking for some New Years lovin’.
Then there’s Bridget and Caitlyn (Angela Featherstone) who are trying to ditch a lurking dude, but still looking to get midnight kisses.
Bridget dresses up in 1920’s flair and a hunch of 80’s shoulder pads. Her fingerless lace gloves and black jewelry send out a distinct sexy widower vibe. Caitlyn, on the other hand, is a flirtation firecracker with cherry red hair, a corset tank top to match, and a heartbreaker choker.
But get this; I have barely scratched the surface. Even though this movie takes place in one night–one spicy, tangy, sweaty night–the clothing goes on forever.
There’s Kate Hudson looking like a vintage Barbie prom queen, Ben Affleck the sexy (maybe gay) bartender, Paul Rudd’s “don’t-give-a-fuck” award-winning sideburns.
And then there is Dave Chappelle. Or should I say: Disco Cabbie.He is fly-est, sexest, funkiest, advice-bearing taxi driver you’ll ever meet in New York or any other place on this planet. And his cab, jam-packed with all the best (and worst) of the 70’s, is the real star of this movie. Check out this seconds short clip of Jeanine Garafalo’s character freaking out in Disco Cabbie’s magic mobile.
I could go on and on about how utterly entertaining and fabulous this film is, but to truly understand its brilliance and highly unrated beautiful story, you will have to either take my word for it, which you should always do anyway, or experience it first hand on New Years Eve. It’s perfect for pre-gaming and will put the pep in your New Year’s step!
Hope you all had a happy New Years! Remember from here on out: be with friends, think positive, and remember to always dress like you came straight from a movie set. Because life is a movie.
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