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How to Get Ahead in Advertising

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1989
  • Bruce Robinson
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

Satirical comedy starring Richard E Grant and Rachel Ward. A desperate advertising executive decides to resign when he is unable to devise a campaign for a pimple cream. Then he is persuaded to undergo psychotherapy when he starts to believe that a boil growing on his neck is talking to him.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

After the truly wonderful Withnail & I, this comic follow-up, which reunited Richard E Grant with writer/director Bruce Robinson, proved something of a disappointment. Grant plays the troubled advertising executive who develops an evil alter ego: a boil that can not only talk but is intent on taking over his whole body. There are some neat, surreal touches from Robinson, another manic performance from Grant and a solid supporting cast, which includes Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson and Susan Wooldridge. However, the evil side of advertising is too broad and too obvious a target for Robinson to get his teeth into.

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Credits

Cast

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Dennis BagleyRichard E Grant
Julia BagleyRachel Ward
BristolRichard Wilson (3)
Penny WheelstockJacqueline Tong
PsychiatristJohn Shrapnel
MonicaSusan Wooldridge
RichardMick Ford
MaudJacqueline Pearce
Dr GattyRoddy Maude-Roxby
Mrs WallacePauline Melville

Crew

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DirectorBruce Robinson

Details

Theatrical distributor
Handmade Films (Dists) Ltd
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing and some nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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