After Hours

After Hours ★★★★½

After Hours tends to slip through the cracks when discussing Martin Scorsese's best films, and it's easy to see why - it doesn't really go together with anything else he ever made: A comedy, with none of the actors usually associated with him, and no mobsters or Catholic guilt or displays of testosterone-driven masculinity in sight, After Hours would make much more sense in the filmography of, say, Jonathan Demme than in Marty's.

But still, there it is - and what a wonderful oddity it is. After Hours has barely any plot to speak of beyond an escalation from one mad nightmare to the next. Griffin Dunne is a pretty good "average guy" here who keeps bumping into bad situations, and he is surrounded by an array of comedic actors (ranging from Teri Garr via Cheech and Chong to a young Catherine O'Hara) playing the colorful characters he meets in one very memorable night. And somehow, it never gets so out there that becomes just bonkers. It's simply big and fast-moving fun.

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