Coffee and Cigarettes (2003) Reviewed

Though it sometimes seems like a film school student’s homage to Jim Jarmusch’s style rather than an actual Jarmusch film C & C is a silly lark of an experience. In separately titled vignettes are brief experiences with people (usually two) who are sitting around drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes and in many cases talking about drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. There are lots of fun casting pair-ups: Bill Murray and the Wu Tang Klan, Meg and Jack White, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits. A thread of familiarity runs through the movie so that certain concepts and words pop up again and again. Cute – but what’s the point? The same can be said of the entire movie. It is funny and far more accessible than most Jarmusch films, but it doesn’t aspire to do much more than make you half-smile to yourself. ** ½

~ by Number5ive on April 3, 2009.

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