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200 CIGARETTES

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"200 Cigarettes" takes place on New Year's Eve 1981 as several groups of young people embark from various locales in New York looking to have a good time, their destination being a party in the East Village

"200 Cigarettes" takes place on New Year's Eve 1981 as several groups of young people embark from various locales in New York looking to have a good time, their destination being a party in the East Village.

The bash is being thrown by Monica (Martha Plimpton) and her friend of the moment, Hillary (Catherine Kellner). Believing that hosting a party at which no one shows up is like "facing death," Monica gradually becomes undone as the hours pass and no one arrives. Even Hillary bails -- and must be bribed into returning with the promise of getting first dibs on Monica's former boyfriend, Eric (Brian McCardie), who's expected later.

He may not make it. Eric's new girlfriend, Bridget (Nicole Parker), and her pal, Caitlyn (Angela Featherstone), have just learned the party is being thrown by Eric's ex. As the trio down drinks at a nightclub, Bridget seizes the moment to make the moves on the handsome bartender (Ben Affleck).

"Bridget impulsively decides to leave Eric, this supposedly hot SoHo artist, and look for a better guy," says Parker. "She's really not too worried about his feelings. She's much more concerned with not going home alone."

Says Featherstone, "Caitlyn and Bridget are both on the prowl for men and will turn on each other if one of them gets in the way of a potential score."

McCardie remarks, "Eric is first subjected to a ridiculously lame break-up story from Bridget, then gets hit with the accusation that he's the worst lover in the world. Not exactly the way you want to ring in the New Year."

Meanwhile, Monica's cousin Val (Christina Ricci) and her friend Stephie (Gaby Hoffmann), teenagers from Long Island, are also on their way to Monica's party.

"Val is a bold Long Island teeny bopper," says Ricci, whose character wears a vintage coat and a bright red dress with lipstick to match. "The girls lie to their parents to get out, saying they're sleeping at each other's house."

Unlike Val, Stephie is terrified of New York City in general and specifically about going farther east than Avenue A. She becomes paranoid when they get lost and are apparently being followed by Tom (Casey Affleck) and Dave (Guillermo Diaz), two menacing-looking punk rockers in black leather jackets.

In a safer setting at a nearby diner sit Lucy (Courtney Love) and Kevin (Paul Rudd), best friends and both dateless. Kevin's girlfriend, Ellie (Janeane Garofalo), a performance artist, has just dumped him.

Says Garofalo, "My character is a poser, as is Kevin, only I'm better at it than he is. They both desire to be the darlings of the pretentious Village art scene. After breaking up with Kevin, Ellie moves in with her therapist, which is something Kevin's definitely unprepared to deal with."

Haunted by flyers for one of Ellie's upcoming shows as they bar hop, and increasingly despondent as they discuss their love lives, Kevin and Lucy start to identify each other as potential romantic partners as the evening wears on.

Rudd says, "Kevin is kinda crazy but cool," sporting huge sideburns and a big vintage overcoat. "He gets very emotional on New Year's Eve because it's his birthday."

Says Love, "My character has dated a lot of men since becoming friends with Kevin, but begins to take a more romantic interest in him a

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