The Last Days of Disco
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As another installment of Whit Stillman's trilogy, The Last Days of Disco fits chronologically between Metropolitan (1990) and Barcelona (1994), with several cameos overlapping and linking the films. During "the very early 1980s," friends gather at a popular Manhattan disco club reminiscent of Studio 54, where getting past the velvet ropes and inside was the first step. Edgy ad-exec Jimmy (Mackenzie Astin) can sometimes get his clients in with the help of the club's womanizing assistant manager, his pal Des (Chris Eigeman), who lets them enter via the rear door. Beautiful… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sharp-eyed and charming."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"If it had been Stillman's swan song, a director could hardly hope to be prouder of such a strong exit."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The focus of The Last Days of Disco is a psychologically authentic and painfully parasitic female relationship."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"Solid period piece with good dialogue. Standard relationship stuff, but well done."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"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."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
"[Stillman] nails his characters with perfectly heard dialogue and laconic satire."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stillman skips the snark in favor of a sincere appreciation of his slightly lost characters."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A squawky, self-satisfied bore that isn't likely to get anyone's toes tapping."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Offers little beyond the usual Stillman prattle."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"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."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The movie is only partially successful in conveying the passion, the erotic heat, the decadence that characterized discos as the new temples."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Mr. Stillman more or less saves the movie with Josh, a sweet, muddled guy who deserves better friends than he has in this movie."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"A sassy romantic comedy set in Manhattan during the l980s."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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