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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.
* BarBrawl: The punks try to shave Paul's head. It is Mohawk Night, after all.
* BigApplesauce: It is a Scorsese movie, after all.
* 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.
* {{Bouncer}}: He only lets people with Mohawks into Club Berlin.
* 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.
* 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.]])
* 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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