15 Years of ‘200 Cigarettes’ In the East Village

Posted on: February 26th, 2014 at 11:07 am by

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Paul Rudd and Courtney Love argue outside Odessa

200 Cigarettes was released in theaters fifteen years ago today. Yup, you’re old.

The movie, produced by MTV Films, is a kitschy throwback to New Year’s Eve in 1981 New York City, where various characters’ lives intertwine. It stars Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Dave Chapelle, Paul Rudd, and even the always-annoying Courtney Love.

They’re all trying to get to Martha Plimpton’s party on Great Jones Street. It was Nick and Norah a decade before Nick and Norah happened.

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Ben Affleck plays a bartender at Ace Bar

While the plotlines and pop-culture references are fairly derivative (nay, stereotypical), the film is a guilty pleasure of sorts, in that it’s a visual time capsule of the East Village circa 1999 (masquerading as 1981, of course). Most of the scenes were shot on location; everywhere from Odessa and Ace Bar to the Manhattan Bridge.

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Kate Hudson and Casey Affleck walking the East River

One of the most fitting scenes is when the two girls from Ronkonkoma, Long Island get lost in Alphabet City. “Crossing onto B” is cause for concern. And the thick accents are spot on.

And the trailer…

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