Whit Stillman’s final “Doomed-Bourgeois-in-Love” film stars Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale as two college graduates grappling life at the end of the disco days. As the two go between jobs and lovers, they deal with the world as it turns against disco and have existential conversations about everything from depression to drug dealings.
“Last Days of Disco” deals with the social nightlives of Alice and Charlotte, played by Sevigny and Beckinsale respectively, who work as two underpaid readers at a publishing house. They go to a popular nightclub almost nightly in search of a good time and boys to dance with.
The film is more a long think piece on the way people and culture were during the early 80’s as well as the people who came out of corporate America. While the plot mainly consists of Sevigny’s Alice getting bossed around and berated by Beckinsale’s Charlotte, and her getting the short end of the stick most of the time, it’s the conversations and people who really give the movie purpose.
The majority of the men that the two girls go with are pretty horrible people, with one being a coke addict who says he’s gay to get women to leave him and another being a career driven dick. While Beckinsale’s character is also horrible, she is a good representation of how people put materialistic ideals over being a morally good person.
The only person who is really good is Alice, who is deftly played by Sevigny and makes the movie all the more worth while. She constantly is dealing with all this bullshit and although she gets her happy ending, her struggles get rather painful to watch. However the role is almost one that she was born to play, and she gives the movie that push it needs to really be great.
While the movie is more a long essay on culture of the last days of disco, it does have some humorous and nice moments that make it a great movie to watch. Plus if your a Chloe Sevigny fan, then this movie is a must-watch.