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Shane O'Shea, a naïve and ambitious working-class Jersey
kid rises through the hierarchy of Studio 54 to become one of
its most popular bartenders. Through him, we see the decadent
world of the famous club, a place where the highest of society
mixes with the New York street scene to make a combustible combination.
Drama - 54 is a drama set in the late 70s at a popular New York disco.
Those who are old enough to remember the era may enjoy the recreation
of the disco culture for nostalgia. Fans of Neve Campbell and Ryan
Phillippe will probably want to watch the attractive stars. Fans of
Mike Myers may be interested in the film, but should be aware that his
role is dramatic, not comedic. Viewers looking for complex characters
will probably find the film somewhat shallow, and the action fairly slow.
Frequent depictions of drug use and promiscuous sexuality will also be
a problem for some viewers.
PROFANITY: Strong and fairly frequent SEX/NUDITY: Nudity and a few scenes of explicit sexual motions VIOLENCE: A couple of scuffles DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Use of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and other drugs ACTION: None COMEDY: Exaggerated costumes used for comic effect
In his first truly dramatic performance, Mike Myers transforms himself
to become Steve Rubell, the entrepreneur-geek behind the hyper-popular
1970s Manhattan disco Studio 54. If writer/director Mark Christopher
had had the common sense to make 54 Rubell's story, he might
have had a great film on his hands. Instead, he turns it into a trite
corruption-of-the-innocent tale, with a naive kid (Ryan Phillippe)
drawn into the glitter and corruption. Ironically, Christopher focuses
on the attractive, shallow characters while ignoring the real substance,
just like Studio 54 itself. Rubell would have been disgusted to see
his creation turned into something so mundane.
In the late seventies, on 54th Street in midtown Manhattan, an
abandoned television studio burned its way into New York nightlife
with a fervor that earned it an international reputation as the
greatest nightclub of all time. Studio 54, the brainchild of Brooklyn-born
entrepreneur Steve Rubell (MIKE MYERS), embodied the heart and
soul of the era. Disco ruled the airwaves, Farrah Fawcett had
the hair, Brooke Shields had the jeans and Vidal Sassoon stood
by making everyone "looking good." Within the walls
of Studio 54, all the decadence and excess of the
time - drugs, music, fashion, pre-AIDS abandon and celebrity -
were on display in dazzling, dizzying abundance. It became a place
free of labels, where blue-collar brawn rubbed elbows with Park
Avenue charm, and where everyone fell into a hedonistic trance
- dancing and making love under the only disco ball in
Just across the bridge, but a world away in Jersey City, 19-year-old
Shane O'Shea (RYAN PHILLIPPE) managed to pass beyond the velvet
ropes into the glamour and excitement of Studio 54. Shane finds
employment and a close-knit new family in his married co-workers
Greg (BRECKIN MEYER), a busboy who dreams of making the money
as a Studio 54 bartender, and Anita (SALMA HAYEK), a coat-check
girl who aspired to be a disco recording artist. And when he finally
comes face-to-face with his dream girl, soap star Julie Black
(NEVE CAMPBELL), romantic sparks fly. Together, this group of
young dreamers - a bartender, a busboy, a coat-check girl and
a rising actress - will come of age amidst the bright lights,
flashing cameras and nonstop action of the greatest party of all
time - Studio 54.