Blue in the Face (1995)

“Coffee and cigarettes. That’s like the breakfast of champions.” – Bob

Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 7 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Customers and employees of a local smoke store in Brooklyn are interviewed about what they think about the area and tell some of their own history of the area.

My Take on it – How can a movie that was based on another amazing one and was filmed immediately afterwards come across so poorly?

This film isn’t really one with a coherent story, but rather many small vignettes about life on a Brooklyn neighborhood.

I believe that part of the problem here is that this is mostly done with improvisations and that leaves the viewer wanting something more tangible along the way.

Having just watched Smoke (1995), I was familiar with many of the characters, but even the ones that carry over are quite different due to the lack of a real script.

The film also gives documentary style interviews with some of the characters and that also doesn’t work as well because they mostly seem like ramblings that aren’t very connected to the characters and story.

The cast is great even if the way that they tried putting this together just isn’t as effective as one might hope for.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Mel Gorham’s performance of “Fever” was filmed three months after the film wrapped. At the film’s wrap party, Gorham performed a rendition of “Fever” that so impressed the film’s producers, they decided to add a scene with her performing the song. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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