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Blue in the Face

Blue in the Face (1995)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 3

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Director Wayne Wang and screenwriter Paul Auster had enough storylines and characters left over from their charming comedy Smoke to make another film, so they shot Blue In The Face immediately after Smoke was completed. The film once again centers on the Brooklyn Cigar Store and manager Auggie (Harvey Keitel), although most of the other characters are different. The store owner's frustrated wife Dot (Roseanne) is one of them, and one of the plotlines follows her attempts to seduce Auggie.

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Art House & International, Comedy

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Mar 4, 2003

Miramax

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (12) | DVD (4)

A freewheeling offshoot of the good indie Smoke

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Not as good a smoke as the first, but worth a puff.

January 24, 2004
Juicy Cerebellum

"Smoke" follow-up lacks the first flick's spark and humor.

October 8, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Improvisational film which was made as a companion piece to the far-superior "Smoke". This movie has some good parts to it, but is too disjointed to hold your attention.

August 9, 2002
Countingdown.com

Audience Reviews for Blue in the Face

Bob: Coffee and cigarettes. That's like the breakfast of champions.

"Welcome to the planet Brooklyn."

Blue in the Face is a fun enough movie especially if you like the style of Smoke. This isn't really much like Smoke though, when it comes to story. There's really no story here. There's a lot of individual improvised scenes and interviews telling random facts about Brooklyn. It's a very loose film, that has  a sort of documentary feel to it at times and a standard feature film feel to it at other times. The cast is huge in this film, with Harvey Keitel being the only big name that was left over from smoke. Michael J. Fox, Jim Jarmusch, Lou Reed, Roseanne,and Madonna all make appearances throughout. 

In the end, Blue in the Face is pretty much just Wayne Wang pulling scraps from Smoke, but it has it's appeal. I like the conversations, which all have the improve feel to them. This isn't a movie that really needs to be seen, but it's one that is a good amount of fun for fans of Smoke. If you didn't like Smoke though, there's absolutely no reason to waste your time with this film.
March 29, 2014
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Melvin White

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Considering its made from outtakes and unused script from the first film, this 'sequel' stands up very well on its own. Its far more philosophical and irrelevant than the first, and is equally laid back, its only diminishing feature are the constant and unnecessary cameos, although half of them are rather good. Definitely worth checking out after watching Smoke.
September 7, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Unjustly criticized film made from outtakes from the superior Smoke. I think too many critics compared it to that film rather than on it's own merits, but I absolutely loved the slice of life feeling of this film. Really good stuff.
April 8, 2008
cacutshaw

Super Reviewer

Parts are fun, but unscripted actors can only take things so far.
March 22, 2008
threefolddado

Super Reviewer

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