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Coffee and Cigarettes Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Too slight and pointless.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Sometimes movies tire us by trying too relentlessly to pound us with their brilliance and energy. Here is a movie pitched at about the energy level of a coffee break. That the people are oddly assorted and sometimes very strange is not so very unusual, considering some of the conversations you overhear in Starbucks.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    In Jarmusch's capable hands, the mundane has never been so delightful.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Just when you're certain that Jarmusch is treading water with his borderline-tedious cleverness, something happens: Coffee and Cigarettes turns into a movie FULL of talk -- rich, supple, hilarious, masterfully orchestrated talk.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Curious collection of shorts will bore most kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is nothing more than people sitting around drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes and talking about various things. This film has no plot and no story structure. It's a series of vignettes, short scenes that are like little slices of life. There is no violence or sexuality and some profanity, but the content of the film is based on conversation of rather mundane experiences.

  • Families can talk about the conflicted message about smoking cigarettes that comes across in this film. To what extent does this film glorify the practice of smoking and drinking coffee? To what extent does it discourage such behavior? How can such a film be made at a time when the dangers of smoking are so widely known?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: To some extent it glorifies drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, making it seem somewhat "cool," though there is much discussion of the negative health implications of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false5

    Language: A lot of use of the F-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Some mention of fast food chains in random discussion, but no major commercialism.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of cigarette smoking.