200 Cigarettes is a 1999 comedy set in the East Village on New Year's Eve 1981 surrounding various characters. In this film, Monica (Martha Plimpton) is throwing a New Year's party but thinks that nobody's going to show up, the only one who does show up initially is Monica's friend Hilary; best friends from Long Island Val (Christina Ricci) and Stephie (Gaby Hoffmann) get stranded in Alphabet City; Cindy (Kate Hudson) is on a date with her one night stand Jack (Jay Mohr); Lucy and Kevin are caught kissing by Kevin's ex-girlfriend Ellie (Janeane Garofalo); Bridget (Nicole Ari Parker) and Caitlyn (Angela Featherstone) who argue over Eric and then dumping him. Will they make it to Monica's party before midnight?
This movie contains tropes of:
- 20 Minutes into the Past: The movie, released in 1999, is set 17-18 years earlier.
- Big Applesauce: The movie is set in the East Village.
- The Cameo: Elvis Costello appears in the movie's final scene.
- The '80s: Takes place in 1981/1982.
- Extremely Short Timespan: The movie starts on New Year's Eve night going into New Year's Day morning.
- Boyfriend In Canada: While breaking up with Eric, Caitlyn lies about having a French-Canadian ex who had died while mountain climbing, however, Eric sees through her lie.
- Hyperlink Story: The plot revolves the main characters attempting to get to Monica's party by midnight.
- Hypocritical Humor: Thurgood chastises Kevin for lighting up...only to do the same with marijuana.
- New Year Has Come: The movie takes place between New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
- New Year's Kiss: Kevin and Lucy, best friends with clear sexual tension between them, share a steamy kiss in the bathroom during the wild New Year's party.
- Photo Montage: Towards the end, provided by the Disco Cabbie recapping the New Year's Eve party.
- Their First Time: Cindy reveals that she lost her virginity to Jack the night before.
- What Did I Do Last Night? and When the Clock Strikes Twelve: Given that many of the characters being drunk, it goes in this direction: Val and Jack wake up together, Monica fall asleep at her own party, Elvis Costello ends up in bed with Ellie, Hilary sleeps with Eric and Thurgood and Bridget have sex.