When an uptight but brilliant word processor’s last $20 bill flies out the cab window, he becomes stuck in a nightmarish Soho after hours. He meets a motley crew of vagabonds that color his journey home uptown.
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Scorsese guides Griffin Dunne's Paul into some semi-circle of hell...or at least Soho with this comedic dark gem. The grime of early 80's New York practically drips off the screen as we follow the character's descent into a nightmare of his own making. Scorsese made this one during a dark time in his own career and by embracing that darkness etched another film to remember.
If it doesn't stand up to Scorsese's best, that's only because Scorsese's best are Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. This is a really wonderful film, a brilliantly constructed surrealist juggling act that also doubles as a satire of male yuppie solipsism. "It's after hours—different rules apply."
Going in with no expectations what-so-ever I have to say I was left extremely impressed with this wonderful film. Extremely funny, and unpredictable. From the comedies I've seen from Scorsese, this is my favorite.
I'm starting to think I prefer 80s Scorsese to 70s Scorsese as blasphemous as that sounds but think about it: Raging Bull, King of Comedy, Last Temptation of Christ, and After Hours. Those are some of my fave movies of his. This one is really underrated. The script and cinematography are great. Griffin Dunne's great.
I really love this film. The darn thing is even brilliant on tv re-runs...how great is that? Funny to see John Heard and Catherine O'Hara (Macaulay Culkin's Kevin parents in Home Alone) again together on a film. I loved the soundtrack, the camera movements. This is good ol' Scorsese and not that Hugo crap...I feel a voice here. A man. An author. A story. Real characters...feelings. Great film.
I just didn't care for this one at all. It had some nice ideas, some funny scenes, but I couldn't help but feel bored to tears. Perhaps the film would have worked better if Tim Burton directed it after all.