The Last Days of Disco (1998)
Young Manhattanites boogie-oogie-oogie, in Whit Stillman's Proustian exploration of urban manners, discarded innocence and the onset of modern times.
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Critic Reviews for The Last Days of Disco
[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
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!More
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.More
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.
The Last Days of Disco Quotes
- I'm not an addict. I'm just a user.
- Our bodies weren't designed for group social life. A certain amount of pairing off was always a part of the original plan.
- Do you really think we know each other well enough to room together?
- Well maybe that's good.
- It's not just that we don't know each other well, I'm not really sure we even like each other.
- That's okay.
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