New York City 1970s, Shane O'Shea leaves his New Jersey suburbs for Manhattan, where he's hired as a busboy at Studio 54 by Steve Rubell (Mike Myers) and gains entry to the exclusive club where he meets Julie Black (Neve Campbell) and falls for her, Shane also befriends Anita (Salma Hayek), the club's coat check girl and her husband Greg (Breckin Meyer) and an elderly party girl (Ellen Albertini Dow) known as "Disco Dottie". Soon, Shane gets caught in drugs, sex, and debauchery resulting in Steve Rubell's undoing and the downfall of Studio 54.
This film contains tropes of:
- The '70s/The '80s: The movie begins in 1979 and ends on New Year's Eve 1981.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Grace might be viewed as this.
- Big Applesauce: The movie is set largely in Manhattan including Studio 54.
- Coolest Club Ever: No club was probably cooler in The '70s than Studio 54.
- Cool Old Lady: Disco Dottie is elderly, but that doesn't stop her from being a party girl.
- Disco: The film takes place in the New York City 1970s, the time and place where disco was at its highest.
- Drugs Are Good: Considering the movie's setting, there's a lot of this attitude.
- Happy Flashback: Shane has one of him spending time with his deceased mother.
- Jerkass: Steve, in spades. Mike Myers seems to play him as Fat Bastard if he wasn't fat.
- Missing Mom: Shane's mother passed away when he was a preteen.
- Named After Someone Famous: Shane's baby sisters Grace and Kelly are named after Grace Kelly.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Disco Dottie, whose real name is revealed to be Mona.
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: A party in Studio 54 may be considered this.
- Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: What happens in Studio 54 may be considered a disco version of this.