Last Days of Disco (1998)

Last Days of Disco



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Movie Info

Young Manhattanites boogie-oogie-oogie, in Whit Stillman's Proustian exploration of urban manners, discarded innocence and the onset of modern times.

Rating: R (For some elements involving sexuality and drugs)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Whit Stillman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 8, 1998


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as Audrey Rouget

as Sally Flower

as Real Estate Lady

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as Justine Prashker

as Pharmacist

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as Clubgoer

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Critic Reviews for Last Days of Disco

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (16)

Sharp-eyed and charming.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In its last hour, the picture becomes more clumsy and tiresome, but the stray laugh and the disco sound keep it pulsing.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012

If it had been Stillman's swan song, a director could hardly hope to be prouder of such a strong exit.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Stillman skips the snark in favor of a sincere appreciation of his slightly lost characters.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2009
Q Network Film Desk

Audience Reviews for Last Days of Disco

Whit Stillman's subtle but profound take on the fallacy of indulgent self importance. Don't let the title put you off, The Last Days of Disco is an underrated gem!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


This Movie is from Criterion Collection, most movies from this collection are pretty good, but this one is not. It Sucks. Its about the Eighties Time Frame, and shows the lives of a number of people throughout the Movie. To me the movie made little sense, and had about every disco song in it. 1 1/2 stars for effort.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


In "The Last Days of Disco," Alice(Chloe Sevigny) and Charlotte(Kate Beckinsale) are two comely editorial assistants who are admitted into a trendy club every night on looks alone. Des(Chris Eigeman), a manager at the club, is under pressure not to admit Jimmy(Mackenzie Astin) because he is in advertising and therefore scum. Des also thinks he is gay after watching an episode of Wild Kingdom.(Not "Animal Kingdom" which I'll be reviewing next.) Regardless, Josh(Matt Keeslar, of "The Middleman"), an ADA, thinks the whole scene is cool. At the end of the night, Alice goes home with Tom(Robert Sean Leonard).

Writer-director-producer Whit Stillman tries in vain with "The Last Days of Disco" to have something intelligent to say about the transition stage from college to first job, as these characters are in the process of moving on from friends they barely like to spouses they tolerate just enough to not kill them in their sleep. The movie is set in the waning days of disco, a party that was about to end for all.(By the way, we make fun of John Travolta for all the bad movies he has made while Olivia Newton-John is still cool because she has been on "Glee" twice.) I could have tolerated the movie's sour tone if it had not been so excessively talky on every single subject under the sun and there had been more of a plot which sneaks in just under the wire.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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