Coffee and Cigarettes: Jim Jarmusch
EW Staff
April 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Coffee and Cigarettes

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/14/04
performer
Roberto Benigni, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi, Steve Coogan, Alex Descas, Alfred Molina, Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Jack White, Meg White
director
Jim Jarmusch
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
author
Jim Jarmusch
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

In the new omnibus film from Jim Jarmusch, the director of ”Night on Earth” and ”Mystery Train,” it’s a cup of joe and cancer sticks that connect all 10 offbeat vignettes, which — filmed between 1986 and 2003 — include Bill Murray as the RZA and GZA’s waiter, the White Stripes playing with an invention called a Tesla coil, and Cate Blanchett, in a dual role, as herself plus her jealous cousin.

In one of the bits that attracted the most attention at last year’s Toronto film fest, ”Spider-Man 2”’s Alfred Molina breaks some nutty news to ”24 Hour Party People”’s Steve Coogan (both playing themselves). ”Jim wrote the skeleton, and Steve and I put the flesh on it,” says Molina. ”As we were improvising a bit, it was like he was mixing it, like in a sound studio.” The end result, at the very least, is sure to make smoking and coffee guzzling look really cool and renegade. ”But,” laughs Coogan, ”I’m not sure if that’s a good thing!”

THE GOOD NEWS It’s been almost five years since Jarmusch’s last movie, ”Ghost Dog”; we need our fix.

THE BAD NEWS It’s shot in black and white, which doesn’t usually make for smokin’ box office.

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