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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Almost everyone in the film is depressed but trying to be happy and pretending to have a good time. In an effort to clarify the film's title, one character announces that "cigarettes are a shield against meaningful relationships."
Positive Role Models
Every person is out for him or herself. No one behaves in a responsible way, and no one considers the consequences of his or her behavior. Each character has one of the following two objectives: having a good time or finding someone to love him or her. Without exception, however, none of them has a clue about attaining those objectives, and most take one wrong turn after another.
Violence & Scariness
A brief scuffle at a party. Gunshots heard off screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While there's little in the way of explicit sexual activity (an aborted sexual liaison in a bathroom stall, some passionate kissing) or nudity (a bare backside, some barely covered breasts), sex is a main topic of discussion throughout the film. Characters frequently obsess about their number of sexual partners, sexual prowess, virginity, vaginas, and who's sleeping with (or has slept with) whom. In addition, successive scenes show couples after casual sexual encounters. An artist's exhibit consists entirely of flowers that look like vaginas.
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Nonstop swearing. Countless "f--k"s in all forms, as well as "s--t," "vagina," "ass," "bitch," "teat," "bulls--t," "pissing," "ho," and more.
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Products & Purchases
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Everybody in this movie consumes alcohol. Out on New Year's Eve, characters drink in bars, on the street, at parties, in cafes. There's lots of drunkenness, passing out, and underage drinking (including use of fake IDs). Most characters also smoke in every scene. A cab driver smokes marijuana while he drives. A character carries a package for delivery throughout the film which someone thinks is heroin, but it's never clearly identified.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite the fact that 200 Cigarettes has an impressive cast of popular actors and actresses, the excessive coarse language and the characters' preoccupation with sex make it innappropriate for kids and tweens. Strong language is part of the natural flow of conversation, including "f--k" and "s--t." Most of the talk in this movie is about sex, though there's no extended or explicit sexual activity (partial nudity includes a glimpse of a bare backside). Drinking and smoking are pervasive throughout, including some underage drinking, drunkenness, passing out, and use of fake IDs. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A stellar 1999 cast of soon-to-be stars (Ben Affleck, Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, and more) are hopelessly trapped in this shrill, shallow film with a script that's neither funny nor intelligent. Nearly every scene is noisy, crowded, and overwrought. Some of the time very good actors struggle to give depth to one-note characters that have none; on other occasions, the actors let fly with over-the-top performances that sail in from sketch comedy venues or summer camp productions.
Finally, it's a movie that's very short on plot, even shorter on surprise and complexity (other than people running into each other repeatedly), and shorter still on satisfying resolution.
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