By Andrew Essex
Updated January 15, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

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Disco infernal. Meet handsome, monosyllabic Shane (Ryan Phillippe), a New Jersey Tony Manero. Shane pumps gas by day while dreaming of meeting the groovies at Studio 54. Instead, he spends his 15 minutes with steamy coat-check girl Anita (Selma Hayek) and soap actress Julie (Neve Campbell, in a career-threatening performance). Since Phillippe’s lilliputian acting and the painfully thin script of 54 can’t bring any depth to Shane, his rise and fall makes Saturday Night Fever look like Citizen Kane. The entire mess is redeemed by Mike Myers, who plays drug-addled 54 impresario Steve Rubell with a touching gravitas. In fact, writer-director Mark Christopher should have done a Rubell bio; he remains a fascinating version of self-made American royalty, a disco Gatsby, and Myers would’ve carried the show. C-

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