“Why don’t you just go home?”
A New Yorker (Griffin Dunne) meets an array of unusual characters while finding himself unable to get home on the worst night of his life.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Black Comedy
- Dick Miller Films
- Flashback Films
- John Heard Films
- Living Nightmare
- Martin Scorsese Films
- New York City
- Rosanna Arquette Films
- Teri Garr Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary describes this unusual Martin Scorsese film as a “loopy paranoia-comedy”, full of so many “ridiculous and tragic” occurrences that it’s clearly meant to resemble a living nightmare akin to Alice’s “bumpy descent into Wonderland.” It’s chock-full of hilarious exchanges, memorable moments, and quirky characters — including Rosanna Arquette as Dunne’s suicidal date:
… Linda Fiorentino as Arquette’s kooky sculptress roommate (who makes plaster-of-paris bagels!):
… Teri Garr as a baggage-laden blonde waitress:
… John Heard as a menacing bartender:
… Cheech and Chong as a pair of duplicitous thieves:
… and the always delightful Catherine O’Hara as a well-meaning but ultimately ruinous contact.
As Peary notes, Dunne’s character isn’t an overly sympathetic protagonist — indeed, “he’s kind of a worm” — but “we can [nonetheless] identify with his plight” given that he’s an “Everyman, with many of our less noble qualities.”
By the end of the film, Dunne learns that he should have stayed home instead of trying to take advantage of a stranger in need.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Rosanna Arquette as the sweet but troubled woman Dunne meets in a coffee shop
- Catherine O’Hara shouting out random numbers as Dunne tries in vain to memorize his friend’s phone number
Yes. This unusual film is guaranteed to hold your interest, and remains a unique entry in Scorsese’s oeuvre.