How To Get Ahead In Advertising (1989)

Bruce Robinson directs Richard E Grant, Rachel Ward and Richard Wilson in this body horror comedy where an advertising exec begins to grow a nasty protrusion when he cannot nail a decent idea for a pimple cream.

Robinson & Grant’s lesser known follow-up to Withnail & I is a lot of scabrous fun. Not perfect cinema… it essentially is a series of monologues with nowhere to go after it plays its big body horror reveal at the midway point. But Grant is incredible in it. Jim Carrey called this one of the greatest comedy performances on film and he isn’t wrong. Unhinged, persuasive and note perfect.


Perfect Double Bill: Withnail & I (1987)

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