Can you change your whole life in a day?25th Hour
is a 2002 Spike Lee
film based on a David Benioff novel of the same name.
It is Monty Brogan's (Edward Norton
) last day of freedom before he begins serving a seven-year prison sentence for dealing drugs. He plans to spend his last night of freedom at a club with his childhood friends Jacob Elinsky (Philip Seymour Hoffman
) and Frank Slaughtery (Barry Pepper
), his girlfriend Naturelle (Rosario Dawson
), and his father, James (Brian Cox
). Frank, Monty's best friend since they were both three, is an investment banker on Wall Street. Jacob is a quiet, dorky high school teacher who comes from a privileged background.
This is one of Spike Lee's most acclaimed films. It was second on AV Club's top films of the decade and is on the Roger Ebert Great Movies List
This film provides examples of:
- Awesome McCoolname: Naturelle Riviera. Lampshaded by Mary during a drunken Just for Pun moment.
- Big Applesauce
- Brick Joke: While rescuing the abused dog on their way to a drug deal, Monty gets bitten, prompting Kostya to make a statement referencing Murphy's Law, but he mistakenly calls it Doyle’s Law. Monty is confused until he realizes Kostya’s mistake. Later, we see that Monty has named the dog he rescued "Doyle".
Kostya: Always everything that can go wrong, go wrong. It's not just you and me anymore, when we go out... it's you and me and Doyle.
Monty: Who's Doyle?
Kostya: Doyle! Doyle's Law. What?
Monty: It's Murphy.
Kostya: Who is Murphy?
Monty: Who's Murphy? Who's Doyle! It's Murphy's Law..."whatever can go wrong, will go wrong"?
Kostya: Him, yes!
- Cluster F-Bomb: Monty gives a five-minute monologue in the mirror that is basically a "fuck you" to everyone in New York.
- Deadpan Snarker: Frank.
- Dream Sequence: Even if you really want it to be true, the sequence at the end where Monty leaves town, meets up with Naturelle again, and they grow old and have kids together is just a dream Monty has while in the car on the way to jail to serve his sentence.
- Extremely Short Timespan: See title.
- Face Cam: Used in a deleted scene consisting of a montage of all of the main characters discussing what “sway” means to them.
- A Good Name for a Song: The title of the Fall Out Boy song "Champagne for My Real Friends and Real Pain for My Sham Friends" is from a quote said by Edward Norton’s character during his going-away party.
- Hit Me, Dammit!: Monty asks Frank to hit him so that he won't look too attractive in prison.