Joe Dante, 1987
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.
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)