Late for Dinner Film Details
Overview: Two young men evading the police for a crime they didn’t commit are cryogenically frozen in the early 1960s. The next thing they know is that they are in a strange new world (thirty years on).
Tagline: This could be magic.
Review: … almost as long as the main characters were frozen. When this movie was released in 1991, I was fifteen. It caught my attention, but not my friends’, and consequently, other movies were chosen for matinees. Late for Dinner slipped by, but never fell off my radar. I rarely rented VHS movies. Since the advent of DVD, I’ve become a voracious collector. I’ve had the DVD in my sights since 2011, but kept waiting for the price to drop to finally check out this film. When the Blu-ray was announced this year, I said screw it, it won’t get any better than this, and bought it instantly. I finally watched Late for Dinner tonight after keeping it in the back of my mind for a quarter century. My story doesn’t have a happy ending. I can understand why it didn’t make a splash, and perhaps why it’s W.D. Richter’s second and (to date) final film. It just doesn’t work. At all. The direction is amateurish, and it has some of the clumsiest acting I’ve seen in a major studio release. I attribute this criticism to the two male leads. Berg’s performance is unconvincing, although I blame the script and Richter’s choices first over the actor. Brian Wimmer, however, is woefully miscast. A different actor might have raised this material. The final scenes between Willie and Joy are the best example: The dude just murders it. It is utterly incompatible with his style. I actually think this scene could have saved the movie for me, if delivered with nuance and gravitas, but there is none. Clearly the man is a paid actor because he’s talented, but sometimes casting the right person can make or break a production. Had I seen Late for Dinner in 1991, would I have had a more favorable reaction? To be fair, I think so. The SNL sketch deep freeze plot might have seemed more cutting edge to me as a tenth grader. Still, the cryogenic company and its personnel are completely done away with as soon as Frank and Willie drive away from the complex. The sci-fi element is required for the story, but it’s totally a square peg. The movie is unbalanced, no matter what decade I saw it in. Anyway… that’s my two cents. Glad I finally saw it.
Duration: 99 min
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Also known as: Late for Dinner – Eine zeitlose Liebe,Freezer,Arhiste to deipno horis emas,Late for Dinner,レイト・フォー・ディナー,Hibernados,Surgelati speciali,To Kolde Fra Kassen,Опоздавшие к обеду,Запізнілі на вечерю,Tarde para Jantar,Kadotetut 29 vuotta,Passaporte para o Futuro,Kései vacsora,Chérie, ne m’attends pas pour dîner,Passeport pour le futur,Spóźnieni na obiad,Middan som frös inne