20 Questions About 200 Cigarettes
Q: Only a C? How could a film with the likes of Ben Affleck, Christina Ricci, Martha Plimpton, and a whole list of others be a mediocrity?
A: Simple. Even the greatest actors in the world are going to flail about when they're stuck in a cute idea for a film that apparently went to production without a fleshed-out script -- there's very little in the way of good lines, and there really isn't much of a point. It's just one big early 80's costume party.
Q: But what about the kickass soundtrack?
A: Sure, the songs are pretty cool. (Even if I can't get "I Want Candy" out of my damn brain.) However, the music's not really used as anything other than aural wallpaper. You know a film's in deep trouble if closing your eyes and just listening to the music offers as much entertainment value as keeping your eyes open.
Q: Well, you obviously liked something, as you gave the movie a C, instead of the D+'s and D-'s your web compatriots have been throwing at the film. Spill.
A: That isn't in the form of a question.
Q: OK. What's good about 200 Cigarettes?
A: A few of the actors manage to squeeze water from the screenplay's rocks. Martha Plimpton is a hoot as the panicky hostess of the New Year Eve's party everyone in the film is headed to, and Janeane Garofalo, Kate Hudson, and Ben Affleck manage some fine comic moments.
Q: Aren't we supposed to do twenty?
A: I'm already tired of this lame idea for a review. Besides, can you come up with 15 more questions worth asking about 200 Cigarettes?
Q: Hey, I thought I was supposed to be the one asking the questions...