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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
To some extent it glorifies drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, making it seem somewhat "cool," though there is much discussion of the negative health implications of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.
A lot of use of the F-word.
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Products & Purchases
Some mention of fast food chains in random discussion, but no major commercialism.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is nothing more than people sitting around drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes and talking about various things. This film has no plot and no story structure. It's a series of vignettes, short scenes that are like little slices of life. There is no violence or sexuality and some profanity, but the content of the film is based on conversation of rather mundane experiences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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