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A wildly inventive and entertaining comic nightmare from former Roger Corman prodigy Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs), this screwball odyssey is a ride to remember. Jeff Daniels plays clean-cut New York bond trader Charlie Driggs, who accepts a ride home from a strange but attractive lower-class woman named Lulu (Melanie Griffith). The sexy Louise Brooks lookalike doesn't take him home, but shanghais him for a bizarre roadtrip to Virginia that includes kinky bondage sex, destruction of property, and robbery. Things get stranger when Lulu tells Charlie that her real name is Audrey… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It begins with a meet-cute and ends with a murder, and sandwiched in between those emotional extremes are romance, regret and revenge."
‑ William Goss,
"The film's principal difficulty is E. Max Frye's original screenplay, which is better thought out in terms of its narrative than of the characters."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The tones shift rampantly, which for some viewers can be disorienting and off-putting. But, if you're in tune with Demme's aesthetic, which usually runs counter to our cinematic intuition, it is a wild ride indeed."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The third film in Demme's Small-Town America trilogy (the other two are Handle With Care and Melvin and Howard) centers on a new screen type, the yuppie (played to perfection by Jeff Daniels); change of tone from comedy to horror is tough but well-earned"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A cool, crazy cack!"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
"Jonathan Demme's picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he's ever done."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"Demme is a master of finding the bizarre in the ordinary."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"If you don't already know where it ends up then I assure you that you have no idea where it's going to end up."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Demme keeps his quirky narrative twisting and turning so that the viewer can never predict what will happen next."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An offbeat comedy with an appreciation for the seductions and dangers of sexual thrill-seeking."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Demme observes the human eccentricity that underlies the corner-store banalities of Middle America with warmth and loving detail; while a magnificent rock soundtrack and faultless performances from Daniels, Griffith and Liotta ensure pleasures galore."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A load of fun."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"A fun, offbeat, and mildly subversive comedy ... with unexpected twists and ... a real sense of danger."
‑ Eric Melin,
"An expert and truly unpredictable blend of comedy and menace."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Melanie Griffith looks hot in that dark wig; too bad she ditches it so quickly."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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