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The Acid House

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1998
  • Paul McGuigan
  • 106 mins
  • 18

Summary

Anthology of three gritty tales based on stories by Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh. The Granton Star Cause follows a loser who meets a vengeful version of God, A Soft Touch sees a man married to a pregnant woman unable to recall the identity of her baby's father, and The Acid House tells of a drug addict trapped in an infant's body. Drama, starring Stephen McCole, Kevin McKidd, Michelle Gomez and Ewen Bremner

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

This trio of very dark tales from Irvine Welsh's anthology has a great cast (including Ewen Bremner and Kevin McKidd from the superlative Trainspotting), but these stories are too wild, weird and unpleasant to appeal to anybody other than hardcore fans of Welsh's book. Although the stories - a downtrodden teen meets God and is transformed into a fly, nice guy suffers from the neighbour from hell, and an acid-taking clubber swaps bodies with a newborn baby - all offer dramatic potential, they seem more calculated to shock and offend with graphic sex and in-your-face nastiness than to actually entertain. The cinematic equivalent of a bad trip.

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Credits

Cast

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BoabStephen McCole
GodMaurice Roëves
Kev ("The Granton Star Cause")Garry Sweeney
EvelynJenny McCrindle
JohnnyKevin McKidd
CatrionaMichelle Gomez
AlecTam Dean Burn
LarryGary McCormack
CocoEwen Bremner
RoryMartin Clunes
JennyJemma Redgrave
TamboSimon Weir
Boab SnrAlex Howden

Crew

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DirectorPaul McGuigan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Film Four
Released on
1999-01-01
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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