DirectorRisa Bramon Garcia Initial DVD releaseAugust 31, 1999 Duration CountryUnited States
Release dateFebruary 26, 1999 (1999-02-26) (U.S.)
May 13, 1999 (1999-05-13) (Australia) CastBen Affleck (Bartender), Casey Affleck (Tom), Dave Chappelle (Disco Cabbie), Kate Hudson (Cindy), Janeane Garofalo (Ellie), Courtney Love (Lucy) Similar moviesThe Last Witch Hunter, Jupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2, The Avengers, Frozen, Captain America: The First Avenger
TaglineIt's 11:59 on New Years Eve... do you know where your date is?
200 cigarettes trailer
This ensemble comedy follows an array of young people in New York City on New Years Eve. Among the numerous characters looking for love and fun are impulsive artist Ellie (Janeane Garofalo) and punks Tom (Casey Affleck) and Dave (Guillermo Diaz), who meet up with Stephie (Gaby Hoffmann) and Val (Christina Ricci), two girls from Long Island. Also interacting with various partygoers are a pensive bartender (Ben Affleck) and a taxi driver (Dave Chappelle) who operates a disco in his cab.
200 Cigarettes is a 1999 American ensemble comedy film directed by Risa Bramon Garcia, and written by Shana Larsen. The film is a mosaic following multiple characters in New York City on New Years Eve 1981. The film stars Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz, Angela Featherstone, Janeane Garofalo, Gaby Hoffmann, Kate Hudson, Courtney Love, Jay Mohr, Martha Plimpton, Christina Ricci and Paul Rudd. The film also features a cameo by Elvis Costello, as well as paintings by Sally Davies.
A collection of twentysomethings try to cope with relationships, loneliness, desire and their individual neuroses.
The film follows various plot arcs all occurring on New Years Eve of 1981. Monica (Plimpton) is throwing a big New Years bash and is desperately afraid no one will attend. Early on the only person to have arrived is her friend Hillary (Catherine Kellner). As she tries to convince Hillary to stay, we learn about various other groupings of individuals who are all on their way.
The film follows several characters as they spend New Years Eve in New York City before eventually showing up at Monicas party. The characters are: Val (Ricci) and Stephie (Hoffmann), teens from Ronkonkoma who get lost in the seedy Alphabet City section of the borough and wander into a punk club where they meet Dave (Diaz) and Tom (Casey Affleck), who have a "package" they need to deliver; ditsy and awkward Cindy (Hudson) who is on a dinner date with the paranoid Jack (Mohr); Lucy (Love) and her best friend Kevin (Rudd) who are struggling with the sexual tension between them; Kevins feminist ex-girlfriend Ellie (Garofalo), who walks in on Kevin and Lucy making out in a restroom stall; a dim-witted and flirtatious bartender (Ben Affleck); competitive friends Bridget (Nicole Ari Parker) and Caitlyn (Featherstone) who attempt to ditch Bridgets boyfriend Eric (Brian McCardie) (who is also Monicas ex-boyfriend); and the eccentric cab driver (Chappelle) who takes them all around town throughout the evening in his disco themed taxi.
Eventually, all the characters find their way to the party, although in the meantime Monica has passed out after drowning her sorrows in alcohol. She wakes up the next morning to find many unrecognizable people on her floor, including Stephie who tells her what a big hit her party was. Monica is thrilled (even though she missed it all), especially when she finds out that Elvis Costello showed up. The final montage shows Polaroids of the party, narrated by the disco cabbie, mostly featuring the unlikely romances from the party and the unconscious Monica being propped up by her party guests.
Ben Affleck as Bartender
Casey Affleck as Tom
Caleb Carr as Cynical Bar Patron
Dave Chappelle as Disco Cabbie
Elvis Costello as Himself
Guillermo Diaz as Dave
Angela Featherstone as Caitlyn
Janeane Garofalo as Ellie
Gaby Hoffmann as Stephie
Kate Hudson as Cindy
Catherine Kellner as Hillary
Courtney Love as Lucy
Brian McCardie as Eric
Jay Mohr as Jack
Nicole Ari Parker as Bridget
Martha Plimpton as Monica
Christina Ricci as Val
Paul Rudd as Kevin
Dave Chappelle and Guillermo Diaz appear in 200 Cigarettes and Half Baked. Ben Affleck appears in 200 Cigarettes and Jersey Girl. Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck appear in 200 Cigarettes and Chasing Amy. Ben Affleck appears in 200 Cigarettes and Forces of Nature. New Years Eve (2011).
The film received generally negative reviews and grossed $6.8 million in the United States before video release.
The film currently holds a 33% on Metacritic, incidating "Generally unfavorable reviews" and a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 60 reviews.