Back by Midnight

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"Mr. One Liners Meets The Hard Timers."
  • R
  • 2002
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 4.7  (701)

Back by Midnight is a comedy film released in 2004 that features the legendary comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Randy Quaid, and Kirstie Alley. The film takes place in a rural prison where Jake Puloski (Dangerfield), a warden, and his staff operate a shady establishment. Cassie (Alley) is a prison psychologist who wants to reform the prison, but her efforts are constantly thwarted by the staff's corruption and Jake's unethical behavior.

One day, Jake decides that he wants to go on a gambling spree in Las Vegas with the prison's funds. To do so, he needs to leave the prison and be back before anyone notices he's gone. As a cover-up, Jake organizes a prison talent show and assigns Cassie to run it. While he's away, the staff and prisoners get into all sorts of shenanigans.

The story follows Jake's misadventures in Las Vegas as he tries to win money to restore the funds he lost to gambling. His companion is his clueless cousin, Jasper (Quaid), who is more of a hindrance than a help. Their escapades involve a run-in with a gangster, a stay at a sleazy motel, and Jasper getting kidnapped. Meanwhile, the prison talent show turns into a chaotic event, involving singing, dancing, and even a wrestling match.

The film's humor is mainly derived from Dangerfield's witty one-liners and the slapstick comedy of Quaid's character. Kirstie Alley's likable and humorous performance is a good counterpoint to the antics of the other characters. The supporting cast includes notable comedians such as Ed Begley Jr. and Phil LaMarr.

The film's themes touch upon corruption, redemption, and the power of second chances. Cassie's character represents the desire for change and the hope that people can turn their lives around. Jake's character embodies the temptation of greed and the consequences of one's actions.

The film is directed by Harry Basil, who worked with Dangerfield on several projects, including the classic comedy Easy Money. Basil's style of direction is straightforward, letting the actors carry the story with their performances. The cinematography captures the quirky atmosphere of the prison and the colorful chaos of Las Vegas.

Overall, Back by Midnight is an entertaining comedy that showcases the talent of Rodney Dangerfield and a solid supporting cast. The film may not be groundbreaking, but it delivers plenty of laughs and an enjoyable story. Fans of Dangerfield's comedic style and quirky comedies will find this film a worthwhile watch.

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    1 hr 29 min
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    4.7  (701)