Archive for September 1985

After Hours

September 13, 1985

Inspired by Kafka’s The Trial, this flamboyant, funny, but often disturbing black comedy stars Griffin Dunne (also one of the producers) as a mild word-processor operator who gets involved with various weirdos in New York’s SoHo, witnesses a murder and a suicide, and gets chased by a vigilante mob who think he’s the neighborhood apartment-crasher — all in one night. Immaculately shot (by Michael Ballhaus) and vibrantly acted, the movie has a nightmarish quality, a sense of events spinning crazily out of control. All the hero wants is to get laid, and his libido leads him into a netherworld of chaos, social embarrassment, and violence lurking underneath every encounter. A bit cold at times, but endlessly enjoyable; director Martin Scorsese, who took this project after his first attempt to make The Last Temptation of Christ imploded, seems to be having a ball. With an inspired assortment of nuts: Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara, the great Dick Miller, Bronson Pinchot, and Cheech and Chong (in their last official movie together; they broke up the same year).