Last Days of Disco (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Last Days of Disco (1998)

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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:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Runtime:
Studio:
Gramercy

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Cast

Kate Beckinsale
as Charlotte
Jaid Barrymore
as Tiger Lady
Taylor Nichols
as Charlie/Ted Boynton
Sonsee Neu
as Diana
Zachary Taylor
as Backdoorman
James Murtaugh
as Marshall
Amanda Harker
as Model 1
Brandi Seymour
as Model 2
Cate Smit
as Helen
Robin Miles
as Josephine
Carolyn Farina
as Audrey Rouget
Dylan Hundley
as Sally Flower
Debbon Ayer
as Betty
Linda Pierce
as Real Estate Lady
Carlos Jacott
as Dog walker
Sharon Scruggs
as Justine Prashker
Ajay Mehta
as Pharmacist
Norma Quarles
as Anti-Disco Rally Reporter
George Plimpton
as Clubgoer
Kimball Chen
as Clubgoer
Bunny Beekman
as Clubgoer
Redman Maxfield
as Clubgoer
Jack Staub
as Clubgoer
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Critic Reviews for Last Days of Disco

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (12)

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

The combination of sharply-realized dialogue and infectiously energetic dance sequences keeps The Last Days of Disco from losing steam.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

The pleasures in The Last Days of Disco come when the friends rant and quarrel and sulk and circle each other with an unstable mixture of need and resentment.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Salon.com
Top Critic

[Stillman] nails his characters with perfectly heard dialogue and laconic satire.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If this film ... doesn't fully rise to the lovely vibrancy of Barcelona, it still extends the witty, quizzical style of Stillman's social comedies onto inviting new terrain.

January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Last Days of Disco

Both Whit Stillman movies I've now seen (the other being Damsels in Distress) have produced a similar reaction in me: within the first moments, I find the dialogue completely jarring and think "No one talks like that." Before long, though, I find myself completely wrapped up in it. I preferred this film to Damsels because of its aesthetic and soundtrack--and no, I wouldn't call myself a disco fan--and also because it doesn't end with a meaningless dance scene like Damsels did. Last Days of Disco turns on human relationships that encounter almost insurmountable challenges and that happen to coincide with the doom of the titular musical genre. It aggrandizes a little story, but not in a bad way. Quite worth the watch.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

½

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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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