I always feel a bit uneasy when I find myself in an unfamiliar place in the middle in the night. This film is pretty much the embodiment of that fear, except it’s actually pretty funny. The plot follows Paul Hackett, a New York yuppie whose night goes from potentially romantic to potentially fatal for him. This is one of those comedies that’s laugh out loud funny, but rather situational funny, in which you think “Wow, I’m glad that’s not me going through that, but that’s why I’m laughing”
This is one Martin Scorsese’s least known films, which is both shameful and understandable. Going on back on it’s more situational funny tone, I don’t see this film pleasing every audience, but more towards film fanatics and/or devout followers of Scorsese’s works. Perhaps that’s why it has a cult status. That’s why I also warn that if you expect something like Taxi Driver or Goodfellas, you might be underwhelmed.
Griffin Dunne (you might know him from An American Werewolf in London) is perfect as the unlucky Paul who experiences the worst night of his life. We’re not given much to know about him, yet we still sympathize him for all the unfortunate events that befall on him. Then again, none of what’s happening is really his fault to begin. Just wrong place at the wrong time kinda stuff. it’s also funny how in a neighborhood in one of the biggest cities in the country, everybody seems to be connected with one another. It almost feels TOO convenient story-wise, but I’m not complaining. I’ve been to Soho a couple times at night, and while I’m sure things have changed since the mid 80s, the SoHO in this film is hilariously evil at times. Think of The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street meets NYC. This is what happens when a community decides to take things into their own hands, (and when you hurt some people’s feelings): they turn on you
Let me give you a list of vague words that pretty much sums up the whole night without spoiling anything:
That’s pretty much as much I can tell you.
Most Likely to Love: Black comedy enthusiasts, film buffs
Most Likely to Hate: Fans of Mister Softee and residents of SoHO, you monsters….