Something Wild (1986) - Comedy, Crime, Romance

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A free-spirited woman "kidnaps" a yuppie for a weekend of adventure. But the fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-convict husband shows up.

IMDB: 6.9
Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 14 out of 76 found boring (18.42%)

One-line Reviews (54)

Some wild moments indeed in this enjoyable original story by E.

All in all, if you haven't seen this movie, it's worth watching although it is also a shock to the system.

The thing about "Something Wild" is its unpredictable passion.

He has responsibilities, ambition, but he's bored with office intrigues and his life in general.

An entertaining mix of comedy and drama from Jonathan Demme.

Pure fantasy, but an enjoyable, quirky film.

Initially, and weakly protesting, he soon finds that her lifestyle adds the spark to his otherwise dull existence.

Basically business-man Charles Driggs (Golden Globe nominated Jeff Daniels) has an uneventful life, and it changes when he accepts a lift to Audrey "Lulu" Hankel (Golden Globe nominated Melanie Griffith) to go back to his office.

The fun and games begin with barely any time wasted on setting up the characters, and having thus lulled the audience into a false sense of security the film becomes suddenly every yuppie's worst nightmare, when Griffith's psychotic escaped convict husband (Ray Liotta) suddenly appears.

The most intriguing thing about movie it never ceases to bring in elements of surprise and constantly moves at fast pace without loosing focus.

Entertaining => Enchanting => scary .

Something pointless .

It manages to be pretty zany in spirit, and somewhat unpredictable.

Sharp, witty, and thoroughly entertaining.

Off-the-wall formulas were in at the time, and for its first 45-minutes or so this fairly representative slice of mid-1980s non-conformity suggests (with tongue in cheek) that crime and vice are legitimate cures for boredom.

(Cameos: John Sayles, John Waters) Frenetic and funny 'road' comedy with Mystery Girl Lulu (ingratiatingly memorable Griffith in her best role) who takes uptight Yuppie Charlie (Daniels who goes from bland to better) on a freewheeling trek from NYC to Virginia and back with some wonderful moments.

That is, until he meets the exciting and dangerous Lulu in a café who leaves him speechless with her wild ways, taking him on the ride that will change his life.

This exhilarating comedy thriller about a straight-laced businessman who gets kidnapped, seduced and corrupted by a sexy stranger is fast-moving, offbeat and quite subversive.

This life seems exciting and thrilling.

Impulsive nymphomaniac Melanie Griffith offers dull financial adviser Jeff Daniels a ride in her sports car, and then proceeds to initiate him into a thrilling underworld of sex and comic deception.

The film lacks credible characters (whether main or marginal), and the feel of it is too 80s which means the movie has a rather bland look; visually ugly.

)Fortunately, Daniels and Griffith are so utterly engaging that they make this trip worthwhile.

The whole cast was very believable, and a very gripping storyline thrown in with it.

So while it's enjoyable, at least on first sight, as a sort of freewheeling existentialist romp, like a French sex comedy clipped over on the 80s 'greed-is-good' motto, it has dark undertones that soon get darker and darker, thanks to Ray Liotta's Ray, who is Lulu/Audrey's real husband.

Rewatching Something Wild recently some 30 years after I first saw it, I was struck by how vividly the craziness of the story stayed in my memory, but also how surprising and unexpected the plot turns were.

0/10 Worst movie ever.

It is a story of 2 very different people that meet in a New York deli on a sunny afternoon and soon turns into a thrilling action/drama with great twists and turns!

Overall an entertaining movie .

Bland, not all that funny so-called comedy .

A light rom-com beginning where uptight yuppie Jeff Daniels meets punky "free-spirit" Melanie Griffitih, who does incredibly cliché things like throwing his pager out of the window, so he can stop living by the man's rules.

From that point on, this film which has largely gone for laughs, becomes rather intense and often violent.

Constantly confounding one's expectations, this is a very exciting and occasionally worrying film.

Waste of time.

Overall, I found it enjoyable, even though some parts of the film were predictable.

Perhaps this is deliberate, but cinematically it is dull: Demme finds no delight in his surroundings, apart from some attractive shots of the New York skyline.

This is a generally entertaining film with generally good performances.

The IMDb rating is surprisingly low, but the only reason I can think of why that is, is because the film has a few spots which get a little slow paced.

Still, it is entertaining enough to keep you interested for about two hours and the nice twist in the movie (when Ray appears in the movie for the first time), certainly gives it something extra.

Trouble is that Charlie meets someone from his company there and that guy informs Griffith that Charlie's wife walked out on him as well.

Generally entertaining film .

This movie's refreshing originality and unpredictability combined with its humour, terrific music and marvellous characters make it highly enjoyable and truly exceptional.

Worst movie ever!

Instead of a compelling reveal later on, I would have started with Charles as a lonely non-married guy.

Unique, enjoyable black comedy from Johnathan Demme .

It's a strange movie, but certainly entertaining.

At the end of the day, this movie is a non-entertaining romantic comedy ends with happy-ending with some extra action in the middle.

Entertaining 80s update of the screwball comedy genre .

It's unbelievably sexy without being dirty, cliché', or overdone.

Max Frye and directed by the talented veteran Jonathan Demme, "Something Wild" is engaging for quite a while.

The film avoids making Charlie out to be a totally predictable sap who is just along for a wild ride with a crazy woman.

You don't have any idea where it is going, even when it turns formulaic during its second half.

Ray Liotta shows up half way through this movie as Melanie Griffith's psycho ex-husband Ray Sinclair and up to that point it is a quirky sort of bland eclair that reminds you of eating hospital food.

In a development a little bit contrived for this critic's liking, one of Charlie's co-workers also happens to be attending this reunion.

The events that follow gradually lead from a violent crime spree to numerous other unpredictable developments that becomes increasingly dangerous for everyone involved.