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FAT CITY NEW ORLEANS (2011)

John Michael Bolger  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Michael Bolger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANDERSON DIGITAL
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005RYIF9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,521 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Paul (Josiah Lipscomb), Ashley (Maggie Talbot Minkin) and Billy (Sean Carlin) are best buds growing up in suburban New Orleans (Fat City) 1979. It's their senior year and all they care about is turning 18... the legal age to drink. Smoking pot is a way of being and dodging cops, girlfriends and yes, parents, make way for a hilarious trip to the disco era where booze and girls are all that matter in this coming-of-age comedy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Indie Film: That 70s Show Goes to New Orleans March 13, 2012
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Read the book and bought the movie...basically its "That 70s Show" goes to New Orleans. The opening scene is a montage of the French Quarter, Bourbon Street and the Garden District along St.Charles. Unlike the book, which is more detailed, the hunting scene is reduced to a single double entendre about Paul's teenage appetite for girls. We quickly meet his soon-to-be "try anything" teenage girlfriend Ashley at Kaleb's, a bar in Fat City (suburb of New Orleans) with her two other girlfriends Sally and Stephanie. After sharing a quaalude, they leave the bar for the lakefront...only to be caught by the cops in the backseat of their dad's 1970's Cadillac convertible. The cop has a strong southern accent and despite some harsh actions (no spoiler) ends up letting them go despite having him pour out the Dixie beers from the ice chest in the back seat...this kind of gives you an idea of the 70s mind set for teenage drinking. Paul has late night calls with girlfriends of Ashley after going through the nightly "inquistion" with his parents who discreetly smell his breath when kissing him good night and routinely ask him about drinking. Paul's best friend Billy is around whenever Paul is not on a date and is his confidant. It is through Billy, that we find out Paul has a secret crush on Clementine, the very sexy girlfriend of his weed connection friend, Steve. The scenes of Paul and Billy getting a "shotgun" from Clementine are classic. Background score tranistions by "That 70s Show" composer feels like the TV show especially when they are getting high. Most of the movie is Paul and Billy getting into trouble and meeting new girls with an interesting twist when he gets together with Clementine and her best friend Roxy towards the end of the movie. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life is a Huge Party! April 22, 2012
Hilarious and interesting! Being a huge fan of "Austin Powers" and "That `70's Show," this movie was right up my alley. Cute and fun, this story mimics the coming of age story with a twist. Truly immersing you in the 1970's, you will be entranced with the realistic feel, setting, and story line. Some may dislike the indie, fresh feel, however, it was the best aspect in my opinion. It is so reminiscent of my younger years, getting into trouble, and ignoring my good intentioned parents. Truth be told, I never experimented within the illegal realm, however it adds a little good-natured humor into the story. However, if illegal substances are an issue, you may not enjoy that aspect of the film. Follow the intricate stories of Paul, Billy, and Ashley as they discover the good, the bad, and the memorable aspects of life in New Orleans, anything goes! Run from the cops, avoid the parents, and fall in love! Experience life in the town where the party never dies, and in an era where partying was a way of life. Cute, innocent, and rebellious! 5/5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Film! April 18, 2012
By MSharpe
A friend of mine insisted I watch Fat City New Orleans. It didn't seem like something I would normally see myself, but I'm glad I pressed play! I was immediately drawn into the plot and found it to be a charming, honest and funny coming of age story. The writing is brilliant, the performances are spot-on and the production is quite impressive overall. Highly recommended to any of my fellow disco era fanatics!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok October 31, 2012
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If you want to hears some NOLA names and a few images of that special time buy it. It gets boring after a while but is somewhat accurate. My time in Fat City was a few years earlier and the drug culture had not kicked in 100%.
It lacks actual footage of the area ie Butterfly Terrace apts, Morning call etc.
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2.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans Bourbon Street 1970s April 17, 2012
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For quality, I'd have to give it four stars. For effort, I'd give it four Stars. For Moral Quality I'd give it one star because me and my bible study group all disapprove of teenage drinking and teenagers smoking pot. So, overall it gets 2 stars. The movie does have a lot of parental disapproval within the film. The script is similar to "That 70s Show" and is shot in That 70s Show style with 70s clothes, 70s posters and locations in bars, parks, French quarter, Bourbon Street and in around the main character's homes. The scenes are accented by 70s warbling and music. I think Elvis Costello, The Knack and K.C. and the Sunshine Band are the main music, but lots of "That 70's Show style music transitions. The French Quarter scenes show the characters on Bourbon Street and many of the bars that are local around New Orleans. The large oak trees in Audubon Park and City Park with its tell tale gray moss are relaxing when the main character is courting his girlfriend. There are a lot of cast members, the movie credits listed 26 and there are multiple actions going on between the main actor, Paul and his girlfriend, Ashley. His nemesis is his old girlfriend, Tara who provides twists throughout the movie. Paul has some good scenes interacting with his mother and father though out the movie and I appreciated the respect he had for his parents. His sister appears only a few times. Paul has quite a few scenes with his best friend, Billy and the scenes where he goes to his drug dealer's house, Steve and is clearly smoking pot with Steve's girlfriend is what I object to in this movie. Paul is so wasted he shows up at the New Orleans lakefront and has a lot of irresponsible actions with the captain of the cheerleading team and with some other girls that accompany them to the prom. Read more ›
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