MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

It's the late seventies and New York's disco Studio 54 is where the nobodies and the somebodies all clamor outside to be picked to party inside. Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe), 19 years old, good looking and very naive, is the only one of his buddies chosen to enter Studio 54. That's when his lifestyle takes a dramatic turn from his dull blue-collar New Jersey neighborhood to the glitzy frenetic disco scene. Steve Rubell (Mike Myers), the club manager, takes a personal interest in Shane and soon hires him as a bus boy. Greg and Anita (Breckin Meyer and Salma Hayek), a young married couple and fellow employees, befriend Shane and with their help Shane learns the ropes quickly. He discovers easy sex, earns lucrative tips from offering patrons their drug of choice, and eventually learns that all that glitters in Studio 54 is cheap and tawdry. This all too real account of the disco craze may attract those wondering what really went on in "those places."

Steve Rubell made the rule, "there are no rules," for his club. A couple having graphic sex near the dance floor are ignored by other partygoers. Drug use abounds, and particularly pathetic is a kindly lonely old lady who shows up every night and gets high on pills. On New Year's Eve she overdoses. Bianca Jagger (Sela Ward) tells Shane the way to advance your career is through "accommodating" whoever has connections, so he willingly accommodates her. Soap opera star Julie Black (Neve Campbell) admits she will sleep with whoever promises her a part in a movie. Shane turns down her invitation to join a "threesome," but his promiscuity results in a venereal disease. Steve has an unnatural attraction for the handsome young bus boys and waiters, and promises promotions in return for sexual favors. Greg is repulsed by him and turns to drug dealing to finance Anita's dream of owning a dance studio. Foul language adds to the decadent flavor of 54 with 25 obscenities. There are at least 54 reasons to avoid 54.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich, NY, NY 10013

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Crude Language: Several (5) times - Moderate

Obscene Language: Many (27) times - f-word 15, s-word 6, other 5, obscene gesture 1)

Profanity: Few (3) times - Exclamatory (Oh My God, thank God)

Violence: None

Sex: wice (couple having graphic sex in club with breast nudity, couple shown from shoulders up with motions); Implied once (nude man leaves room with woman lying on bed)

Nudity: Few times (breast nudity twice, rear male nudity once); Near Nudity - Many times (men and women in brief revealing outfits)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (sensuous dancing, graphic discussions about sex and group sex)

Drugs: Continuous use of cocaine, heroin and other drugs; old lady overdoses on dance floor

Other: Teenager borrows father's car without permission; young man contracts venereal disease; married man refuses to engage in unnatural sex

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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