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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best British film in ages!
The film focuses on a group of friends, all with dead-end night-shift jobs, who meet in a late night cafe to share experiences and generally "talk crap". The interplay between the main characters - a lothario (Vincent) , an introvert (Lenny), a know-it-all (Jody), and a guy who isn't sure if his girlfriend has left him or not (Sean) - makes the film with some...
Published on 23 Jun 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars The nightshift workers come out to play
I bought this DVD as I thought it was a Scottish film - it isn't. It was mainly filmed in Glasgow and around the Ayrshire coast, but beyond a few bit part roles there's not much Scottish acting here. Late Night Shopping could have been filmed in any British city and that isn't a problem as it's all about a small band of nightshift workers who live a kind of counterculture...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't expect anything. Just let the ride flow with you in this dry-witted, jazzy youth comedy, 25 Nov 2013
This review is from: Late Night Shopping [DVD] (DVD)
"If you thought the ramblings and chitter-chatter of young people talking about their lives in a frank and explicit manner was fun in Clerks or Dazed & Confused, you might find enjoyment with the Scottish-set comedy Late Night Shopping, a film that has nothing to do with shopping other than a loose and helter-skelter scenario of four 20-somethings lives misshapen by sex, temptation, and work during the night.

Their journey takes us to show a guy who has slept with another woman, a philanderer, a nervous boffin, and an independent but internally frustrated gal. The film largely works on the mechanics of dialogue, intriguing and boppy acid jazz and trip-hop music (sounded a bit like Miles Davis meets Brand New Heavies meets Red Snapper), and setting to explain its story without resorting to conventional dramatic techniques. It is funny (in a dry, jazzy way) in many parts but it is the keep-it-cool atmosphere and its British setting that sets it apart from the crowd without resorting to the kind of overhyped and annoying gimmicks Quentin Tarantino uses in his films. This is more loose and indie-inspired than Saul Metzstein's (the director here) work on Guy X, based on the novel No One Thinks of Greenland, which was a fine feature but a bit shallow at places for a high-concept military satire.

Metzstein's debut is commendable but nothing to brag home about but it does serve as a reminder of our youth and how crazy we can be but also grounded at times we can. There are a few metaphors to name here but the film tells you where it is going through Vincent, probably one of the most annoying personas I've seen in British indie film since Ewan McGregor's character in Shallow Grave (a few parallels there but he is less vicious about money but more on dating) and that feature and some of the hopeful ending hinders some of its goodness to it. If you feel tired of Tarantino's talky schtick to a conventional narrative (i.e. Reservoir Dogs, My Best Friend's Birthday), why not pop on down for a little bit of Late Night Shopping."
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