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Red Oaks "After Hours" Review - AVClub

AVClub: The title of “After Hours” is an obvious reference to the Martin Scorsese film of the same name, which came out in 1985, the same year that Red Oaks takes place. In his review of the movie, Roger Ebert wrote, “After Hours is another chapter in Scorsese’s continuing examination of Manhattan as a state of mind; if he hadn’t already used the title New York, New York, he could have used it this time.” That’s a great explanation of “After Hours,” as well. The city is less a place that Skye and David go to, more a sense of freedom and abandon and uncertainty and terror all wrapped up in this perfectly attractive package. It’s a place where Skye can spend the summer in Paris only to return exhausted, and David can take the spotlight and dance. Even the way Skye says it—“The City”—with more joy and enthusiasm than we’ve seen her say anything in the rest of the series, it becomes this sort of escape-from-suburbia Valhalla.

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