5. QUICK CHANGE (1990)
It’s a little known fact that Bill Murray has a directorial credit on his filmography, that being his co-director tag on the overlooked 1990 flick Quick Change. One look at this very dark comedy will leave you wondering why our dude Bill hasn’t grabbed the camera since.
Though not a perfect film, Quick Change generates its fun through unpredictability and irreverence. Murray plays the lead of a bank-robbing trio—which also includes Geena Davis (at her hottest) and Randy Quaid (typically bonkers)—lost in New York City while fleeing a midtown heist. Anyone who’s either lived or spent time in NYC should especially dig this short but tireless pic; Murray’s lone directing job gets its richest laughs from recognizable New York headaches such as cab drivers who can’t speak English, confusing highway signs, and super-strict bus drivers.
It has much in common with another slept-on Manhattan misadventure, Martin Scorcese’s twisted 1985 comedy After Hours; both have fun with audience expectation while turning the Big Apple into a main character. After Hours is the superior film, but earning comparisons to Marty Scorsese with your only directorial work is no minor accomplishment.