"Everyone’s on their way to the party, this disparate group of friends,
acquaintances and lovers (new, old and would be…) but they all have some serious
business to take care of on the way. Well, serious to themselves, anyway. Here is a New
York state of mind film, in which the specific cultural rituals of young New Yorkers
– many of whom hope to get laid before the New Year sees its first dawn – opens
our eyes to the wider, universal issues of infidelity, public toilet sex and funky
nightclubs. There are many hilarious scenes, the humour emanating from a wry script and
well observed humanity. It’s a lot of fun, with a lot of colour, but it never
reverberates with its own emptiness. Enjoyably middle brow, the film is really about
living in a cosmopolitan people-blender. Enjoy."
Andrew L. Urban
"Take your toe-tapping shoes along, it's party time in New York. High in energy
and vibrancy, 200 Cigarettes is an upbeat, feel-good movie filled with optimism, fun,
disparity and despair. Sparkling with life, zest and joie de vivre, through a witty and
insightful script, we meet characters that exhibit the differences that make us unique. We
discover their insecurities, fantasies, hopes and dreams. What is basically an arthouse
film will delight a broader audience, largely due to its splendid cast and genuine heart.
It's light and frivolous, yet deep and meaningful. And 200 Cigarettes is a lot of fun.
It's about breaking up, getting together, feeling good about yourself and coping with the
situation. We invest our emotions in a group of young people whose paranoias, fears and
inadequacies are oh so familiar. Yes, there are stereotypes, but they are not presented as
such – it's like people we have met, and we see a little of ourselves through
characters who poignantly admit what they're feeling. Characters from different walks of
life collide in a colourful kaleidoscope. It's gorgeous to look at, from the vital
colours, the settings, the buzz and attitude. All the cast is excellent – Martha
Plimpton as the party hostess who fears no one will show up is terrific, and the
combination of Gaby Hoffman and Christina Ricci, who has perfected the brash, sullen rebel
is a winning one. Courtney Love, too, is a standout. The title? Yes, everyone is puffing
away throughout, but the relevance is that cigarette smoking is supposed to shield you
from meaningful communication, allowing time to let barriers disappear. Funky, hip and
downright cool, you can safely indulge in 200 Cigarettes – it's not harmful to your
health and may add zip to your day."