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How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

Cast: Richard E. Grant, Rachel Ward, Richard Wilson, more...
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Black Comedy, British Comedy, UK
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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After years of capitalizing on the weaknesses of a gullible public, a London advertising executive finds that his worst qualities have literally taken on a life of their own in this scathing satire. Successful copywriter Dennis Bagley (Richard E. Grant) lives a posh life with his lovely wife, Julia (Rachel Ward), in the London suburbs. Pushed to distraction by a bothersome new pimple-ointment account, he flirts with renouncing his career and becoming socially aware. Immediately thereafter, Bagley discovers that he's developed a zit of his own -- a monstrous boil on his neck that begins whispering evil things in his ear. Convinced that he's being taken over by his dark half, Bagley soon finds his "good" self relegated to the boil while his malevolent alter ego returns to the world of advertising with a vengeance. At first, Julia is relieved that her husband seems to have bounced back from the abyss of mental illness, but soon she realizes that she prefers the gentle but crazy Dennis to the poisonous professional. Written and directed by Withnail & I's Bruce Robinson, How to Get Ahead in Advertising reunites the director with that film's leading man Richard E. Grant. ~ Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A fine movie. Very 80's. by gnostication August 31, 2009 - 12:47 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This movie seethes with the feeling I recall coming out of advertising firms and brokerage firms of the 80's.

It is a strange movie, and definitely not for everyone.

I found the humor make me laugh out loud, and the overall theme was handled very well. There are several very excellent monologues, also.

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