54 (1998)



Critic Consensus: Poor plot development and slow pacing keep 54 from capturing the energy of it's legendary namesake.

Movie Info

Mark Christopher wrote and directed this look back at the Disco Era when the popular Studio 54 was at its apogee in the late '70s. With obvious comparisons to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights (1997) and Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Disco (1998), the story introduces working-class 19-year-old Irish-American Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe), who has lived with his father and siblings since the death of his mother when he was 12. Shane quickly rises from busboy to bartender at Studio 54, … More

Rating: R (for strong sexuality, drug use and language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Christopher
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2001
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as Steve Rubell

as Julie Black

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as Kelly O'Shea

as Grace O'Shea

as Harlan O'Shea

as Kelly O'Shea

as Marc the Doorman

as Disco Star

as Liz Vangelder

as Rubbell's Bodyguard

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Critic Reviews for 54

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (16)

A more critical and resonant Hollywood movie about the glorious disco culture screams to be made.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Top Critic

Myers exploits every vicious, self-hating line that comes his way.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The triteness comes thick and fast.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The most affecting moments are shards of sexual behavior... that existed only on the samizdat VHS, the degraded quality suggesting ghostly remnants of film's scissoring [and] the long-dead behaviors on-screen, debauchery and gaucherie alike.

Full Review… | July 28, 2015

[The Director's Cut] is out and proud, not at all shying away from the sexual aggression of Phillippe's character as he calmly removes his clothes for any gender.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Glenn Dunks

The director's cut still has a pacing that lags during the second act, and now that the film's about the love triangle, the scenes with Julie don't really add anything to the overall story. That being said, it deserves a second chance in its new life.

Full Review… | June 2, 2015
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Audience Reviews for 54


54 is a decent drama that boasts a good cast, but the biggest problem here is the fact that it tries to a broad movie in terms of storytelling, but it never gets quite there. Some of the cast were good, especially Mike Myers who is the film's strongest asset. 54 gives us a glimpse of the lifestyle and excess of the famed nightclub. This film is limited by a so-so script, one that is clearly underdeveloped. However I found the film somewhat entertaining, but it could clearly have been much better as well. The cast do what they can with the material and they manage to make it work for the most part. This is almost a forgotten film as no one seems to remember the film. The film is not great, but it manages to be interesting and it could have been much better as well. This is worth seeing if you have nothing else better to watch. Myers is good here and like I said, he is the film's best aspect here. The film is a decent drama that should have been much better, and it could have been much better if the script could have been so much better if the script would have been better written. Decent for what it is, 54 is mindless dramatic mindless drama that gives you a hint of what it was like to party in the famed night club. This is a film that scratches the surface, but like I said, should have and could have been much more as well. When the credits you do end up feeling like the film should have been more and you do realize that when the credits start to roll.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Good music and an excellent Mike Myers performance are the highlights of this movie but neither Phillippe nor Campbell can act so the film has two empty spots at its center.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

M'eh. Watch "Boogie Nights" for a real film about drugs, partying, hedonism and loss!

Christian C

Super Reviewer


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