• Publication date: October 18, 2009

Everybody Needs Somebody A New Year�s Eve Quest For Romance

�200 Cigarettes� (1999) is a star-studded comedy featuring some of Hollywood�s biggest, most hilarious names. Some notable actors and actresses include Ben Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, Kate Hudson and many more.

�200 Cigarettes� (1999) is a star-studded comedy featuring some of Hollywood�s biggest, most hilarious names. Some notable actors and actresses include Ben Affleck, Dave Chappelle, Janeane Garofalo, Kate Hudson and many more. As one might guess from the title, each individual in the film suffers from a severe nicotine addiction. Whether or not 200 cigarettes are actually smoked throughout the film�s hour and a half long duration is not clear. What is clear, however, is that everyone is searching for intimacy in a cold, cautious 1981 world, leaving behind the excesses and carefree attitudes of the previous decadent decade. But will they find love?

Monica (Martha Plimpton) is the flick�s focal character, a young woman fearful that she will spend her New Year�s Eve bash in solitude. It�s already 9 PM and rather than hosting a crowd, Monica is begging her friend Hillary (Catherine Kellner) not to leave.

Yet in 1981, years before cell phones would become common pocket fixtures, Monica cannot easily check up on her guests� locations with a simple call. She must remain on the edge of her seat, jumping up in excitement upon hearing even the slightest clue that a visitor has arrived.

While Monica fears that her invitees have abandoned her for more exciting venues, her guests are doing their utmost to arrive at the party before 12 AM � the first hour of 1982. Monica�s cousin, Val (Christina Ricci) alongside friend Stephie (Gaby Hoffmann) have snuck out of their Long Island homes and ventured into Manhattan, desperately searching for Val�s party. However along the way the girls hook up with older punk rockers Dave (Guillermo D�az) and Tom (Casey Affleck), who are happy to use the na�ve friends as drug mules. The group�s journey would mark the introduction of Disco Cabbie, a heavily sideburned and afro-sporting Dave Chappelle, who miraculously transports each of Monica�s guests in his taxi that night.

In parallel Monica�s second pair of attendees, Cindy (Kate Hudson) and Jack (Jay Mohr) consummated their relationship the night before. Things turn awkward when the sexually experienced Jack learns that, prior to yesterday, Cindy was a virgin. Rather than strengthen the couple�s relationship the event distances them, especially as Jack becomes fixated on why Cindy chose him as her first lover.

Across town at a bar Eric (Brian McCardie) pairs up with girlfriend Bridget (Nicole Ari Parker) and her pal, Caitlyn (Angela Featherstone). Bridget is on the verge of breaking up with Eric over his less than stellar sexual performance. Unfortunately Caitlyn has a crush on Eric, but changes her mind upon hearing how bad he is in bed. Eric, still unconvinced of his lackluster love making heads to ex-girlfriend Monica�s for confirmation of this fact. Indeed, Monica agrees that Eric is the worst lover she has ever had.

Despite the numerous characters and their unique troubles, all will find contentment � though in a most primal way, including Disco Cabbie.

�200 Cigarettes� is rated R for strong language and sexual content. Its runtime is 101 minutes.