54 | Chicago Reader


Inspired by the career of Steve Rubell, proprietor of the exclusive Manhattan nightclub Studio 54, this 1998 narrative uses plot strands about the aspirations of several transparently fabricated employees to tell his story. Shane (Ryan Phillippe) doesn't seem to realize how attractive he is until Rubell (Mike Myers, who's phenomenal in the role) picks him out of a crowd clamoring to get into the club in 1979. After being promoted from patron to busboy, Shane meets another busboy (Breckin Meyer) and his aspiring-singer wife (Salma Hayek). The struggle of the three friends to maintain their provincial morality is set against Rubell's valiant effort to keep a bastion of institutionalized partying open to the good-looking and well dressed as he flouts conventions, including the paying of taxes. Written and directed by Mark Christopher (Boys Life 2).

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