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A 1985 BlackComedy by Creator/MartinScorsese. To date it's Scorsese's only 'pure' comedy and a very dark one too.

The movie takes place in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity over the course of one night. Unhappy office drone Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) meets a beautiful girl in a cafe and ends up calling over at her place in [=SoHo=]. Things work out badly and he ends up leaving hurriedly. The remainder of the movie chronicles his attempts to get home and the often surreal obstacles he faces.

The film also starred Rosanna Arquette and Linda Fiorentino.

During its initial run, it had [[DuelingMovies competition]] the following year in the form of ''Something Wild'', starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta, which was also a movie about a milquetoast guy meeting a very worldly girl, and then [[ShockingSwerve things take a turn for the dark.]]

Not to be confused with the Website/{{Cracked}} WebOriginal series [[WebVideo/AfterHours of the same name.]] Also not to be confused with the fan video series Marvel/DC: After Hours.
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!!This Movie Contains Examples Of:
* AndIMustScream: Paul's brief entrapment in a statue. As originally written, he was going to end up that way.
* BadHumorTruck: Mild example with Gail's Mister Softee truck: it is the only vehicle amongst the angry horde that is hounding Paul, and is driven by one of its craziest members.
* BarBrawl: The punks try to shave Paul's head. It is Mohawk Night, after all.
* BigApplesauce: It is a Scorsese movie, after all.
* TheBigRottenApple: An absurdist take on it.
* BlackComedy
* BookEnds: Paul ends up [[spoiler: right back in his desk the very next morning.]]
* BrainsAndBondage: Kiki is a So Ho artist, and Paul mistakenly believes she's been tied up against her will.
* BrickJoke: Paul goes into a diner to use a restroom, but the owner tells him it's for customers only, so he orders a burger and coffee and then ducks out. He later unwittingly ends up in the same diner where the bartender from earlier requests he get a glass of water. The owner silently brings the water, along with the burger and coffee.
** En route to So Ho, Paul's only dollar bill (a fifty) ends up flying out of the cab, forcing him to ditch and leaving behind an angry driver. He later manages to get some money and finds the same driver again, who is all too happy to take the money and leave him stranded to his fate.
* {{Bouncer}}: He only lets people with Mohawks into Club Berlin.
* [[ChasedByAngryNatives Chased By Pissed-Off New Yorkers]]: Paul, during the latter part of the film.
* CoolestClubEver: Club Berlin, although it's just another hellish obstacle to Paul.
* CosmicPlaything: Paul ends up on his knees, begging the universe for an answer as to why he keeps being tormented. Once he sees a murder through a window in the middle of running away from an angry mob, [[GivingUpOnLogic he's so tired of his torment]] that he just snarks that someone will blame him for ''that''.
* DropDeadGorgeous [[spoiler: Marcy's naked corpse is fully revealed when Paul checks to see if she really did have the burn scars he thought he saw. She doesn't.]]
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: It begins at night and ends in the morning.
* GainaxEnding: The movie as it is has a somewhat odd ending ([[spoiler:with Paul just happening to fall out of a van while encased in a sculpture, right outside his place of work]]). Reportedly, another idea for an ending had Paul [[spoiler: climbing into a woman's womb, and being "reborn" by the side of a highway]].
* KafkaKomedy: One of the most frequently cited examples. The bouncer's dialogue is even taken from [[TheTrial "Before the Law"]].
* MagicalRealism: Club Berlin, [[spoiler: Marcy's disappearing and reappearing burn scars,]] amongst others.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Marcy is exactly the plucky type Paul seems to need to get himself out of his boring rut. However, this trope is very darkly subverted - [[spoiler: She has a husband as well as a boyfriend, and ends up killing herself after Paul walks out on her.]]). Gail is also a dark subversion, in that she starts very chipper, but torments Paul (denying him the ability to contact someone who can help him) [[spoiler: and later leads a lynch mob after him, partly because she thinks he's a thief and partly (apparently) out of murderous spite]].
* NoFameNoWealthNoService: The bouncer seems to be doing this to Paul, as there is no line outside the nightclub. However, it turns out it's because he lacks a Mohawk, yet another one of the ways he is viewed as an outsider.
* OneCrazyNight: All Paul wants to do is go home, but a series of increasingly bizarre things keep happening to him.
* RandomEventsPlot: Paul stumbles from one bizarre situation to the next.
* ReallyGetsAround: Kiki.
* TitleDrop: Tom mentions that "different rules apply" when it gets to be "after hours".
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: Kiki makes plaster-of-Paris sculptures resembling bagels and cream cheese. Also, the freakish screaming papier-mache sculptures.[[invoked]]
* WorldGoneMad: There doesn't seem to be a completely damage-free person alive or awake late at night.
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