Really Entertaining- 'GO' see it!
By a customer
from Stowmarket, Suffolk
, 28 Aug 2004
(Apologies for length of this review!)
I'm surprised no one has reviewed this film yet. I got this film out on a whim even though it didn't look like my kind of film and I was concerned about the 18 certificate. But I was happily surprised to have found a gem of a film. It is funny and wild, sweet and sad, intense and intriguing. It?s even an alternative Christmas film.
Katie Holmes is wonderful as usual, as the shy, naive girl who gets caught up in her friend?s madness and finds romance with the unlikeliest guy. The other actors are all equally great (their names escape me at the moment), including a British actor (who used to be in Grange Hill if I'm not mistaken!).
Set a day or two before Christmas, the film plot swaps between each of the main characters following what happens to each of them through one day and night. It is cleverly done as they all interlink somehow, and you get to see some events from different angles so that the plot builds your understanding of the characters and how they relate. (Admittedly the non-linear plotline may annoy some, though its not particularly confusing.)
The situations vary from the usual student activities, the madness of drugs and wildness of raves, and the trip to Las Vegas, which goes hilariously wrong. (I learnt that you shouldn't eat seafood in restaurants, or order champagne in strip joints!)
Some of the characters find themselves in more bizarre situations, and there is also tragedy in the form of poverty (trying to scrape enough money together to pay the rent or be faced with eviction on Christmas Eve) and a hit and run accident.
But in the end all the characters come through their 24 hours, and everything is all right because they are alive, young and have great mates. Which, I know, does sound cheesy and clich?d but I thought it was a perfect ending, which left me feeling all warm and fuzzy!
In fact I enjoyed it so much that I watched it all over again straight away! And enjoyed it just as much, plus all the pieces of the plot fell into place even better in my head.
The 18-cert is probably justified for some of the adult content, its no fluffy teen-flick, which is fine by me. Though the film probably reflects 'real-life' experiences, its not very deep, but more a celebration of how cool and crazy life can be. (I haven?t experienced any of it so it?s a nice bit of escapism and fantasy for me!) It is still a bit of an enigma in my DVD collection but there you go.
You may enjoy it because you recognize your own similar experiences or because like me you enjoyed seeing a different side of life. Either way it?s hugely enjoyable. Go!
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