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Coffee and Cigarettes

By Afsheen Nomai, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Curious collection of shorts will bore most kids.

Movie R 2004 96 minutes
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In the pantheon of Jarmusch films, this is not up there as a "must see," the likes of which remain with Dead Man and Down by Law. Jarmusch does better when he sticks to at least the semblance of a narrative structure. Even Mystery Train, which had much of the same story structure (a collection of scenes taking place in Memphis) at least had a common thread that did more to tie the scenes together than the fact that characters were smoking a drinking coffee. But one thing that Coffee and Cigarettes cements is Jarmusch's ability to create interesting and compelling characters. While this film may not be among his best, it's fairly entertaining.

Some scenes are better than others. For example, the one titled "Somewhere in California" features Waits telling tall tales to Iggy Pop about being a doctor, and how it's reflected in his music. Likewise the scene titled "Cousins" features Cate Blanchett playing herself and her cousin "Shelly" who meet for the first time in over a year. With the good comes the bad in scenes like "Jack Shows Meg his Tesla Coil," that features the two members of the White Stripes. This will surely be the biggest draw for teens who are fans of the band. Unfortunately, the two can't act and the scene comes across as flat and boring.

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