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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91%
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Critic Score: 91% 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.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's not every day that someone goes Alfred Hitchcock one better, but in ''Something Wild,'' Jonathan Demme has done it.

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William Goss
Film.com

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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People Staff
People Magazine

Buy a ticket to this whirligig of a movie at your own risk. You enter a fun house and exit through a chamber of horrors. But director Jonathan Demme provides a heck of a ride.

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William Thomas
Empire Magazine

As an artefact from a period -- the mid-80s -- that produced almost nothing distinctive, this remains breezy fun.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Conceptually and stylistically compelling under Jonathan Demme's sometimes striking direction, this offbeat thriller is about an unlikely couple on the run.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Something Wild is fun, at first. Then it becomes deadly and weird and engrossing. Predictable it is not.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

This is the Demme of "Melvin and Howard," soaring back where he belongs, and long overdue too.

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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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Octavi Marti
El Pais (Spain)

Something Wild is an excellent movie about the fragility of people's images. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% 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