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839 Ratings

Something Wild

Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 1986
Comedy, Crime, Romance


Featuring a killer soundtrack and electric performances from Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, and Ray Liotta, Something Wild, directed by oddball American auteur Jonathan Demme, is both a kinky comic thriller and a radiantly off-kilter love story

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Something Wild Directed by Jonathan Demme

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1987 | 3 nominations including: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1986 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1987 | 3rd place: Best Supporting Actor

Each location provides more subcultures for the insatiable eye of director Jonathan Demme to explore, whether it’s the tiny liquor store manager with a giant pipe or a duo of style conscious old thrift store biddies, Demme imbues every scene with indelible personalities, making the film a kind of American oddball panorama in which two star-crossed lovers keep criss-crossing through.
September 05, 2017
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A fun, funky, fast-paced road-movie romance… Though it has no pretensions to being High Art and is designed exclusively to entertain, it was, inexplicably, a flop, so modern audiences get the thrill of reclamation. And also, if it’s not the absolute best Demme film, it might very well be the Demme-ist — which is a valuable note because his style can be a tricky one to pin down, as one of its hallmarks is its relative transparency.
April 27, 2017
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…With that kind of dysfunctional amore in mind (isn’t it always at least a bit dysfunctional?), Jonathan Demme’s moody, transgressive, genre-bending, weirdly romantic (and unromantic) Something Wild isn’t such a strange hybrid. For a love story, it mirrors what often happens when people do fall for another – it’s destabilizing and terrifying.
April 15, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • Renton47's rating of the film Something Wild

    Wildly, not my favourite of the Demme era I have been watching lately. Invoking the beginnings of noir I kept waiting for a revelation about the motives, something to explain their mismatched draw to one another. That never arrives, but the film is packed with incidental delights, nearly every location includes a memorable periphery character. Delightful, preferred the second half.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Something Wild

    The elements that make Something Wild an actual masterpiece are almost distinct from the narrative itself. Demme's love for alternative culture, old Americana, reggae, street art, indie rock & above all else the eccentricities of people, elevates what could've been a fairly straight-forward screwball romance into a genuine time capsule of a specific era & place. The feeling throughout is vibrant, colourful & unique.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Something Wild

    Such a peculiar film with a fascinating script, fascinating because you wonder where all this is going. Almost something like "Wild at heart" meets the Farrellys. And i guess, if you accept to dive into this strange road movie (some bits might be hard to swallow), it is Demme's best accomplishment - got selected in Cannes 1987 for a reason. The great soundtrack is also worth the trip.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Something Wild

    Rewatched in honor of the late great Jonathan Demme, and it's a movie that grows up alongside you. Because, quite apart from being a colorful road movie and an exercise in unpredictable storytelling, it's a film about the pros and cons of being wild, about the adult hangovers to youthful fantasies, and about finding a place—and a person—where you're happy to settle down. Amazing soundtrack, too.

  • Z's rating of the film Something Wild

    So funny, so surprising, so original, so invigorating, so cool, so touching, so seemingly, effortlessly entertaining. Demme always had a light touch, but coupled with a craftsman's eye. His stunning closeups on actor's faces have immediacy. An impeccably assembled soundtrack reflecting his refined taste in music delights. His eye for composition astounds. Demme experiments with narrative form with stylish confidence.

  • Chichago_'s rating of the film Something Wild

    The first half is interesting, but I got bored listening to Melanie Griffith's voice for more than an hour. The only thing that I love from Melanie Griffith in this film is her costumes, especially her first look. However, her last look somehow reminds me of Boy George.

  • Louise_Dietrich's rating of the film Something Wild

    I thought this was going to be another manic pixie dream girl movie but when Ray Liotta's character arrived about halfway through, I saw that it definitely wasn't. Love Charlie's wardrobe at the end and Lulu's new car.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Something Wild

    Interesting to watch it start out as breezy comedy, then progressively dip into darker and darker territory, leading to a surprisingly bloody climax. Melanie Griffith can be shrill - as Melanie Griffith is known to be - but Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta are perfectly cast, working from a smart script by E. Max Frye. One of the better comedies of this era.

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