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ARTS

The Michigan Doily

Friday, November 14, 1986

Page 7

'Something Wild' is untamed

By Bill McRoy_
What would happen if you took
an average guy, stable and content
in his niche, and suddenly threw
him into a world he only vaguely
knew existed? This is the premise
of Jonathan Demme's Something
Wild , and if the plot sounds
familiar, it's because the "walk on
the wild side" formula has become
one of the favorite trends in
American movies in the last few
years, from such movies as Risky
Business , last year's After Hours ,
to the current Blue Velvet.
In the beginning of Something
Wild , Charlie Driggs (Jeff Daniels
from Purple Rose of Cairo) is a
rather repressed tax consultant from
the suburbs whose idea of
excitement is occasionally stiffing a
restaurant bill. When he is
confronted by raven-wigged Lulu
Hankel (Melanie Griffith, Body
Double) he expects to pay up for
his bit of mischief. What he gets,
however, is a ride back to work that
turns into the adventure of a
lifetime.
Charlie realizes that something
is amiss when Lulu's 'shortcut'
leads them to a cheap motel in New
Jersey, where Lulu indulges Charlie
in an afternoon of good, clean,
kinky fun, complete with

handcuffs. From there it's on to
Pennsylvania, where her willing (if
not eager) captive poses as Lulu's
(now blonde Audrey) husband for
the benefit of her mother and former
classmates. She wants people to
see that once-rowdy Audrey has
done well for herself, even if she
has to stretch the truth a little to do
it. The game gets dangerous,
however, when Lulu/Audrey's
sadistic ex-con, ex-husband Ray
Sinclair (Ray Liotta) shows up to
reclaim his estranged wife,
regardless ofswhoever might stand
in the way.
As our hero explores "the other
side" he begins to see the other side
in himself. A "closet rebel" as
Lulu calls him, he merely restricts
his actions to swiping an
occasional newspaper or candy bar.
He discovers that he has his own
secrets and surprises, even things he
himself wasn't aware of. Slowly
he realizes that there is more to life
than a vice-presidency or healthy
stock portfolio. Charlie slowly
learns what the "real world" outside
his office is like. He eventually
holds his own in this alien
environment, even up against tough
guy Ray.
What really makes this film
stand out from its many peers is
that its "wild side" characters are

real people, rather than prof
the protagonist to act ar,
When Audrey's past begins to
up with her, she reveals hej
loneliness and vulnerability.
may be totally independen
unpredictable, but Audrey k
likes the thought of a husband
little house in the country.
even Ray, though he may
pure sleaze at first, is really c
fighter trying to fight bac
world that hasn't done hir
favors.
Producer-director Jon,
Demme successfully portra:
landscape of the area, even t
most of the location work wa
in Florida. Demme, maker o:
films as Melvin and Howar
Swing Shift as well as produ
the Talking Heads' Stop Mc
Sense concert film, seems tc
a knack for gently poking :
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This Week at t
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Nov. 20 Music
Joseph
12:15'
Pendlei
All Week Banne
Silkscr
The Ur
For furt

Americana, such as when Charlie
stops in a Virginia gas station and
buys some clothes: touristy T-
shirts and sunglasses. (Talking
Head's fans should notice Steve
Scales as Nelson, the gift shop
clerk.)
The music in Somthing Wild is
almost worth the price of admission
in itself. From countless versions
of "Wild Thing" to Timbuk 3's
"The Future's so Bright, I Gotta
Wear Shades" to David Byrne's
"Loco De Amor" the music in this
movie is some of the best music
for a film in a long time.
While the idea of this movie
may not be the most original to
come out of Hollywood, the
writing (screenplay is by first-timer
E. Max Frye) and acting is done so
well that the result is well worth
finding a way out to Briarwood to
catch Something Wild.

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May 26, 1986

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