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Actors: John Simm, Lorraine Pilkington, Shaun Parkes, Danny Dyer, Nicola Reynolds, Dean Davies

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Five friends spend a weekend in the club scene to escape the dreariness of their weekday lives. Jip, a store clerk with a domineering boss, is suffering a bad bout of impotence that gets worse with each failure and isn't helped by his mother's flagrant sex life. Lulu is his platonic club mate, and the only girl he feels at ease with. Koop, whose father is delusional and institutionalized, dreams of being the world's best vinyl spinner, and has serious jealousy issues. Koop's girlfriend Nina is fed up with working like a robot at a fast food joint. And unemployed Moff, son of a cop, is a serious disappointment to his family.   
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The weekend arrives. The five sing their national anthem reworded to bemoan how tough it is being cool. One ticket short for the Asylum Club, Jip finagles his way in by pretending to work for a magazine intent on a flattering story. They dance joyfully amid the lights and noisy crowd. Nina and Lulu, selected by a television crew for an interview, make sarcastic comments about the bad influences on the youth of today. When the drugs start to kick in, the five float through a pleasant haze of pseudo-bliss. By 3:00 a.m., they are at a house party. Moff and a stranger spend hours impressing each other with "deep" philosophical talk, imagining drug aspects in the movie Star Wars. Jip and Koop try to define "sanity." Nina and Lulu laugh hysterically about their concepts of a perfect world. Jip fights romantic feelings for Lulu. Losing, he fights impotence with her, and wins.

But when the night wanes, the euphoria wears off. A cold, dull, poisonous atmosphere takes over. Reality sets in. Regrets begin. They drive home in sombre moods. Over Sunday dinner, Moff rants to his parents about their morality talks. Lulu's thoughts contrast funnily with the account she gives of her weekend to her aunt. When the five get together that afternoon, one announces intending to give up drugs, and the others react.   
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Plot & Themes

Comedy, primarily    -   Yes Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   impotence/frigidity Comedy or Parody about    -   "Clerks" style comedy Druggie/drunk problems?    -   drugs How much humor v. drama    -   Nearly all humor

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing nude male butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   A huge amnt of foul language If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing

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