Joe Dante, 1985
Wexner Center members receive free admission to select screenings at the Gateway Film Center, located in the South Campus Gateway. The films are selected (and often introduced) by Wex curators. Don’t forget to bring your Wex member ID card to show at the Gateway’s box office.
Eminent film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum describes Joe Dante as"one of the most personal directors working in Hollywood"and calls his work"the perfect refutation of the idea that popular American comedies have to be simple."During this selected retrospective, you’ll be able to revel in how Dante consistently creates giddy entertainments that are also sophisticated satires. We'll augment the Wexner Center screenings, which will focus on Dante's most explicitly and subversively satirical work, with additional screenings throughout the month at the Gateway Film Center.
A gentle and imaginative look at joys and wonder of childhood, Explorers stars 14-year-olds River Phoenix and Ethan Hawke in their film debuts.
The film follows a misfit trio of best friends as they make a series of discoveries that lead them to build their own makeshift interplanetary spaceship and embark on a secret adventure. The first half of the film plays out like a classic Spielbergian tale of suburban wonder, but things culminate in a pointed encounter with oddball aliens that's pure Dante. (109 mins., 35mm)