The Last Days of Disco (1998)
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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 12
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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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As another installment of Whit Stillman's trilogy, The Last Days of Disco fits chronologically between Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994), with several cameos overlapping and linking the films. During "the very early 1980s," friends gather at a popular Manhattan disco club reminiscent of Studio 54, where getting past the velvet ropes and inside was the first step. Edgy ad-exec Jimmy (Mackenzie Astin) can sometimes get his clients in with the help of the club's womanizing assistant manager,
May 29, 1998 Wide
Dec 8, 1998
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[Stillman] nails his characters with perfectly heard dialogue and laconic satire.
Not only are the characters in The Last Days of Disco embarrassingly earnest about their love for spectacular nightclubs and thumping dance music, but they're also completely transparent about their desires, even when they think they're being clever.
If it had been Stillman's swan song, a director could hardly hope to be prouder of such a strong exit.
Stillman skips the snark in favor of a sincere appreciation of his slightly lost characters.
Stilillman pulls off a unique balancing act of conveying the specificities of the cultural milieu but also maintaining a sense of universality that keeps the film from being solely about its time and place
The focus of The Last Days of Disco is a psychologically authentic and painfully parasitic female relationship.
The single finest moment in The Last Days of Disco comes at the end, during the credits... The scene is alive and exciting, and I wish there were more of that in the movie.
The movie is only partially successful in conveying the passion, the erotic heat, the decadence that characterized discos as the new temples.
Solid period piece with good dialogue. Standard relationship stuff, but well done.
A squawky, self-satisfied bore that isn't likely to get anyone's toes tapping.
Mr. Stillman more or less saves the movie with Josh, a sweet, muddled guy who deserves better friends than he has in this movie.
The performances by the entire ensemble are delightful, with Beckinsale and Keeslar particularly impressive. Of course, it helps that they get most of the sharpest lines.
The film is enjoyable .. because of that great dialogue, good performances by the leads, and a great soundtrack.
Stillman's third and most indulgent installment of his autobiographical trilogy ... smirks its way through the early '80s disco heyday.
For a film about the flame-out of a flashy era, The Last Days of Disco is just too languid and verbose.
Audience Reviews for The Last Days of Disco
- Des: I'm not an addict. I'm just a user.
- Des: Our bodies weren't designed for group social life. A certain amount of pairing off was always a part of the original plan.
- Alice: Do you really think we know each other well enough to room together?
- Charlotte: Well maybe that's good.
- Alice: It's not just that we don't know each other well, I'm not really sure we even like each other.
- Charlotte: That's okay.
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