Monday, 23 May 2011

The Night Before (1988)

"Stay away from ginger ale and tequila. It's a bitch!"

Last year I spent some time visiting 80's movies that for some reason had passed me by. We're talking My Bodyguard, Three O'Clock High, Valley Girl, Summer School, Just One of the Guys, The Wraith and many many more classics. Don't get me wrong, I had to also sit and watch some of the worst movies too but thankfully this one can join the elite.

I loved this movie from beginning to end. It opens up with Keanu Reeves' character having just awoken on the streets, with no memory of the night gone by. As the hours go by his memory starts to come back to him bit by bit, and so we are introduced the gorgeous Lori Loughlin. She's a high school cheerlaeader and prom queen contender who was dared into going on a date with Winston (Reeves). It's hard to take Keanu seriously as a high school geek as he's a very good looking guy but that was a minor issue with an otherwise flawless 80's romp.
I loved the general seediness of it all. Pimps, brothels, tramps, hookers, carjackers you name it, they're all here. The soundtrack is pretty good too, it's not littered with 80's gold but a few tracks are repeated and they fit the film really well. It's from the same director as Night of the Comet too, which is good to know.

Think Ferris Bueller's Day Off meets After Hours, or something like that anyway. It's amazing!

No comments:

Post a Comment