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54

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Robbed of its integral LGBTQ themes, 54 is a compromised and disjointed glance at the glory days of disco.

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In 1970s New York City, Studio 54 is the epicenter of sex, drugs and disco music. It's there that up-and-comer Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe) endeavors to make his big-city dreams come true. After catching the eye of the nightclub's owner, Steve Rubell (Mike Myers), Shane quickly rises from busboy to bartender. While coat-check girl Anita (Salma Hayek) tries to get her big break as a singer, Shane finds himself smitten with soap-opera starlet Julie Black (Neve Campbell).

Cast & Crew

Ryan Phillippe
Shane O'Shea
Salma Hayek
Anita Randazzo
Neve Campbell
Julie Black
Mike Myers
Steve Rubell
Sela Ward
Billie Auster
Breckin Meyer
Greg Randazzo
Ellen Albertini Dow
Disco Dottie
Skip Sudduth
Harlan O'Shea
Don Carmody
Executive Producer
Bobby Cohen
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Marco Beltrami
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Critic Reviews for 54

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Audience Reviews for 54

  • May 20, 2017
    It is hard to believe that they managed to make a movie about glamour and music (with a great soundtrack) into something so uninteresting and vapid - to the point that ask ourselves why we should care or why these poorly-developed characters would even consider each other friends. (Theatrical version) (2.5/5) Mark Christopher's newly-restored original cut is remarkably different from the 1998 theatrical version, especially with regard to what it wants to say. (Director's Cut, full review on filmotrope. com) (4/5)
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2013
    54 is a decent drama that boasts a good cast, but the biggest problem here is the fact that it tries to a broad movie in terms of storytelling, but it never gets quite there. Some of the cast were good, especially Mike Myers who is the film's strongest asset. 54 gives us a glimpse of the lifestyle and excess of the famed nightclub. This film is limited by a so-so script, one that is clearly underdeveloped. However I found the film somewhat entertaining, but it could clearly have been much better as well. The cast do what they can with the material and they manage to make it work for the most part. This is almost a forgotten film as no one seems to remember the film. The film is not great, but it manages to be interesting and it could have been much better as well. This is worth seeing if you have nothing else better to watch. Myers is good here and like I said, he is the film's best aspect here. The film is a decent drama that should have been much better, and it could have been much better if the script could have been so much better if the script would have been better written. Decent for what it is, 54 is mindless dramatic mindless drama that gives you a hint of what it was like to party in the famed night club. This is a film that scratches the surface, but like I said, should have and could have been much more as well. When the credits you do end up feeling like the film should have been more and you do realize that when the credits start to roll.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2012
    M'eh. Watch "Boogie Nights" for a real film about drugs, partying, hedonism and loss!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2012
    Suffering from a myriad of problems in several key departments, "54", billed as the fun disco-themed party of the 90s, never quite gets the energy up that high. One of the major issues is that nothing much happens throughout this movie plot-wise: we're supposed to witness the rise and fall of Steve Rubel's (Mike Myers) decadent empire through the eyes of wholesome-suburban-kid-turned-sexy-main-attraction Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe). Breckin Meyer provides the friendship as Greg, while Salma Hayek and Neve Campbell provide suitable temptation from the opposite sex. Unfortunately, this listless effort makes it hard to recommend - from the wooden acting to the porous script, there's not much to like here. Even the soundtrack, a strength in movies of this ilk, seems thrown together without much thought. My advice? Check out "Boogie Nights" or the ultimate in disco fare, "Saturday Night Fever". Skip "54".
    Matt F Super Reviewer

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