After Hours

After Hours ★★★★½

Griffin Dunne is stuck on a roller coaster of misfortune, trapped inside a loop of calamity, in Scorsese’s most slapstick flick to date. The film looks gorgeous and I can only guess at how much cocaine everybody was doing during the making of this, which I’m sure lead to conceiving some of the films more interesting shots. Scorsese makes a comedy at the pace of a thriller, sprinkling in Cheech and Chong for good measure.

Director Michael Powell helped tweak the ending, which would have had our antihero climbing inside somebody’s womb to be reborn in the middle of a highway. Tim Burton was also signed on to direct the project before The Last Temptation of Christ fell through for Scorsese.

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