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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 (Creator/GriffinDunne) 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's cast also includes Creator/RosannaArquette, Creator/LindaFiorentino, Creator/TeriGarr, Creator/CatherineOHara, Creator/VernaBloom, Creator/JohnHeard, and Creator/CheechAndChong.

During its initial run, it had [[DuelingMovies competition]] the following year in the form of ''Something Wild'', starring Creator/JeffDaniels, Creator/MelanieGriffith and Creator/RayLiotta, which was also a movie about a milquetoast guy meeting a very worldly girl, with things then [[ShockingSwerve taking 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: A man is set up to be killed by a pissed-off lynch mob by a crazy woman and nobody he meets being willing to help him and even going out of their way to make his night-time escapade just ''that'' much more of a living hell. It's an exercise in laughing or cringing.
* 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.
* CaughtInTheBadPartOfTown: The plot is Paul Hackett's odyssey to survive one night in New York's [=SoHo=] district while the world decides to make him an incredibly dark example of the ButtMonkey (as in, "he may end up lynched by an angry mob that mistook him for a thief" kind of ButtMonkey). At one point he even begs the universe to tell him what he did wrong and when he witnesses a murder near the end, he's so far into GivingUpOnLogic that he can only snark that the lynching mob will blame ''him'' for it somehow.
* [[ChasedByAngryNatives Chased By Pissed-Off New Yorkers]]: Paul, during the latter part of the film.
* ClosedCircle: Paul does not has the money to pay for transportation away from the [=SoHo=] neighborhood that the events of the movie happen in, nor is he able to contact anybody who can help him (the one person who loans him a phone makes him forget his friend's number in a {{Troll}} act). And by the end of the movie, Paul can't even try to walk away because the risk of him being found by the lynch mob is too high.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: As you'd expect from [=SoHo=] in TheEighties, all the women Paul encounters are this, but especially Julie, who lives in some kind of [[TheSixties '60s]] time warp.
* 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''.
* CreatorCameo: Martin Scorsese as the spotlight operator at Club Berlin.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Yes, it was rude of Paul to swat away the paperweight Julie presented him with (even if he had a reason to), but then what did she do about it? Spread a series of flyers pointing out Paul as the infamous [=SoHo=] burglar so he'll be hunted down by an irate, ''murderous'' mob.
* 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]]. Julie seems to fancy herself as one, but Paul [[AbhorrentAdmirer isn't interested]].
* 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]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: By the end of the film, Paul just finds ''witnessing a murder'' interesting enough to snark that he will probably be blamed for it somehow, the way the universe is acting keen on making his life hell, and on the very last shot he turns into one of these by sitting on his office covered head to toe in plaster dust that he didn't bothered to clean up because he's ''that'' fed up, and the few office workers that are on the same room just carrying on like nothing is happening (although it's hard to tell if it's just because it's so early it's nearly deserted and someone will ask later).
* WeirdnessMagnet: Paul. He meets all of the crazies that come out at night in New York... and manages to piss off every single one of them in some way, shape or form.
* WorldGoneMad: There doesn't seem to be a completely damage-free person alive or awake late at night.
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