Something Wild
Something Wild (1986)

A straight-arrow accountant hits it off with a wild, highly adventurous woman, and together they impulsively embark upon an unpredictable journey. A modern take on a screwball comedy with dramatic overtones, the film follows the mismatched… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 22, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boasting loads of quirky charm, a pair of likable leads, and confident direction from Jonathan Demme, Something Wild navigates its unpredictable tonal twists with room to spare.

William Goss

It begins with a meet-cute and ends with a murder, and sandwiched in between those emotional extremes are romance, regret and revenge.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Josh Larsen

Captures the tension of trying to stand out in cookie-cutter world without alienating everyone around you.

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Jonathan Demme's picaresque joyride across the American landscape is still arguably the best thing he's ever done.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Demme is a master of finding the bizarre in the ordinary.

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Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

Radiantly human even as, and after, it erupts in violence and rage, "Something Wild" remains an astonishing rarity - a bittersweet romantic tragicomedy that's generally optimistic ... but also hesitant and harmful exactly where it needs to be.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

A load of fun.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Somehow this one passed me by and what a mistake that has been for me. The best I've ever seen Jeff Daniels and Melanie Griffith, they play a couple who… More
Spencer S.
Before eccentric love stories were popularized by hipsters and Michael Cera, there was Something Wild, a dangerous, insanity ridden, lustful adventure, from the… More
Nicki Marie
Original rating of 3 stars holds after rewatch. Hadn't seen this one since the 90's. It's a patchy 80's film with some fun fashions and… More
Michael S
A fantastic road movie from the mind of Jonathan Demme. Totally unpredictable, kinetic fun (even when things get pretty intense and dark). Three fabulous… More
Phil Hubbs
Sort of a more up to date version of 'After Hours' with a more extreme, loud and in your face storyline as Daniels is dragged from one humiliating… More
Steven Carrier
Jonathan Demme's long forgotten 1986 gem "Something Wild" is a truly engaging experience. The film rockets along at a speed and tempo that I have… More