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Human Traffic

Human Traffic (1999)

tomatometer

25

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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audience

89

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Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 32,942

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Movie Info

A group of British youths try to escape their pointless, hum-drum lives with weekends of drug-fueled debauchery in the comedy Human Traffic. Jip (John Simm) works at a shop selling jeans, and his best friend Koop (Shaun Parkes) is an aspiring hip-hop artist who has a day job at a record store. Nina (Nicola Reynolds), Koop's girlfriend, is employed at a burger joint; her best friend is Lulu (Lorraine Pilkington), who has a uniformly low opinion of men. Moff (Danny Dyer) is a waste-case who lives

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Drama, Comedy

Justin Kerrigan

Dec 12, 2000

Miramax Films

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (12) | DVD (11)

The film's high spirits are contagious and wholly impossible to resist.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It comes alive and resonates, even for folks other than its intended audience.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

...a sharp, witty, and fast-paced look at the rave life.

September 7, 2004
New Times

...the get-on-and-get-off attitude of a two-minute pop-song.

September 18, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Technically flashy, colorfully garish and frequently quite funny.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

If you liked "Clerks" or are deep into the "rave" culture you'll no doubt enjoy this wacky drugged out piece of video-cinema.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Comment (1)
Hollywood Report Card

The leads bring plenty of energy to the story, but are shortchanged by thin writing that fails to build narrative momentum.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Human Traffic

I'm not gonna lie... This is one very bizarre film. I picked this one up purely because I'd looked at it in shops before, and never actually bothered to watch it, and when offered a free film, one does not simply say no.

John Simm, Danny Dyer, and others go together for a night out going out of their mind on every drug in the book. They hate their jobs, and they need a release. So what do they do? They get out and enjoy themselves!

Although the plot is very week, the direction seems to put the viewer in the shoes of a hallucinating drug addict, with scenes shifting between reality, and mental fantasies that spring up to explain metaphors or similes, as well as a sing-a-long version of the new National Anthem of England!

Hilarious comments such as "I decided to take heroine after watching the film Trainspotting!" and "Star Wars was all about junkies!" float all over the place, promising laughter all over the place. The cast works well together, and play their parts fantastically. John Simm especially fits the role fantastically, while showing the negative effects that drugs can bring, and how he tries to overcome it.

While the film as a whole isn't really saying "don't do drugs, they're bad for you!", it does have a similar message to the book A Clockwork Orange (the edition with the 21st chapter, which I gather is not available for our American friends (but I could be wrong)), which says that we do loads of bad things or harmful things when we're young, but as time goes by we will all grow out of those habits.

This message, combined with the humour of it all makes the film well worth watching. I hadn't seen a club film before, but I can tell that if they are all like this, it will be the first of many I will hope to watch.
January 17, 2013
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Very stylistic and colourful, representing the 90's very well. The cast were amazing together and you really felt like they'd been friends for a long time. Not my kind of movie but a good one of this genre.
November 6, 2010
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

It really is a really shite film, why people rave about it so much is beyond me! Bad acting and an awful script!
September 22, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Fun, truth, friends and english dr0gs. worth checkin out if you haven't done so already.
January 26, 2008
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