Joe Dante, 1987
Join us at the Gateway Film Center (located in the South Campus Gateway, just three blocks to our south) where we program a different exceptional independent or international title for a run of at least two weeks each month. Wexner Center members pay member pricing for all Wex at Gateway screenings—and save on most other movies at Gateway too.
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.
The tremendously entertaining and inventive Innerspace sees a cocky Navy pilot (Dennis Quaid) injected under the skin of a hypochondriac (Martin Short) after a top secret miniaturization project goes haywire.
While the plot might owe a debt to the 1966 sci-fi classic Fantastic Voyage, Joe Dante brings the proceedings a madcap energy that turns the film into a thrilling and comedic romp. In the midst of what feels like a live-action Looney Tunes cartoon, many of the cast members give the best performances of their careers. With Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis, and a scene-stealing performance by Dante favorite Robert Picardo as "The Cowboy". (120 mins., 35mm)