Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 2003. Asmik Ace Entertainment, BIM Distribuzione, Smokescreen Inc.. Screenplay by Jim Jarmusch. Cinematography by Tom DiCillo, Frederick Elmes, Ellen Kuras, Robby Muller. Produced by Jason Kliot, Rudd Simmons, Jim Stark, Joana Vicente. Production Design by Dan Bishop, Mark Friedberg, Tom Jarmusch. Costume Design by Catherine George. Film Editing by Jim Jarmusch, Terry Katz, Melody London, Jay Rabinowitz. Independent Spirit Awards 2004. National Society of Film Critics Awards 2004. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.
Familiar faces are assembled and given the opportunity to do some riffing in this film experiment by Jim Jarmusch. Each segment has two or three characters (mostly celebrities playing fictional versions of themselves) meeting over the titular indulgence and conversing on random cares of life, with a few themes repeating themselves over the course of various scenes. The skits range from unnecessary to brilliant, with the most impressive being Cate Blanchett as both a shy, apologetic version of herself as well as her own jealous, bitter cousin. The things this woman can do with both these characters at the same time truly mark her as the most amazing actress of her generation. Also enjoyable are Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan getting together for lunch to discover they are distantly related, with Coogan playing it cool and snotty while Molina grovels for affection. It has its moments, but anybody not interested in watching an acting class for an hour and a half should steer well clear of it.