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Release Date: August 29th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2004

R|1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
In this film based on a true story, Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin) arrives on a Greyhound bus in New York City desperate to leave his boring Midwestern past behind. After meeting downtown club kid James St. James (Seth Green) and influential nightclub owner Peter Gatien (Dylan McDermott), a fame-hungry Alig decides to throw the most controversial and over-the-top parties in the city. In just a few years Alig's drug addiction and erratic behavior threaten to destroy the empire he's created.

Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloë Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Justin Hagan, Wilson Cruz, Wilmer Valderrama, Dylan McDermott

Director: Fenton Bailey

Genres: Drama, Biography

Production Co: ContentFilm, World of Wonder, Killer Films

Distributors: Strand Releasing, ContentFilm, DEJ Productions

Keywords: 1990s, 1980s, Dark, Fascinating, Rise, Transformation, New York City, Fall, Engaging

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  • The distance between tawdry and tedious can be amazingly short. It is traveled with Concorde speed in the arch Party Monster. show more

  • The plot is sordid and predictable -- indiscriminate nightclubbing leads to escalating drugs, promiscuity, and violence. Things perk up cinematically in the last few scenes, but by then it's almost too late. show more

  • Culkin plays Alig as clueless to the end, living so firmly in his fantasy world that nothing can penetrate his chirpy persona. Whether this is accurate--whether indeed any of the facts in the film are accurate--is not for me to say, but it works. show more

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