After Hours

views updated

After Hours ★★★½ 1985 (R)

An absurd, edgy black comedy that's filled with novel twists and turns and often more disturbing than funny. An isolated uptown New York yuppie (Dunne) takes a late night stroll downtown and meets a sexy woman in an all-night coffee shop. From there he wanders through a series of threatening and surreal misadventures, leading to his pursuit by a vigilante mob stirred by ice cream dealer O'Hara. Something like “Blue Velvet” with more Catholicism and farce. Or similar to “Something Wild” without the high school reunion. Great cameos from the large supporting cast, including Cheech and Chong as burglars. A dark view of a small hell-hole in the Big Apple. 97m/C VHS, DVD. Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, John Heard, Teri Garr, Catherine O'Hara, Verna Bloom, Linda Fiorentino, Dick Miller, Bronson Pinchot, Will Patton, Rockets Redglare, Rocco Sisto, Larry Block, Victor Argo; Cameos: Richard “Cheech” Marin, Thomas Chong, Martin Scorsese; D: Martin Scorsese; W: Joe Minion; C: Michael Ballhaus; M: Howard Shore. Cannes '86: Director (Scorsese); Ind. Spirit '86: Director (Scorsese), Film.