Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson – 1987) A

It’s 1969 and two alcoholic Londoners in search of a change of scene head to uncle Monty’s cottage in the lovely English country side. Simple buddy film. Right? Right. But the characters and the dialogue are brilliant. Withnail, played superbly by Richard Grant, is at the same time angry, crazy,  literate, perpetually drunk and always smoking. I or Marwood, played by Paul McGann, is the saner of the two although when Withnail starts drinking lighter fluid and requests antifreeze, the best he could come up with is “You bloody fool. You should never mix your drinks.” Needless to say, neither is well prepared for life in a country cottage with no electricity, running water or food that is not already dead and eviscerated! On top of that we have the aforementioned uncle Monty who has the hots for Marwood (“Tell him if you must, I no longer care. I mean to have you even if it must be burglary.”) and the duo’s drug dealer buddy, Danny. Danny has few scenes but is one low talking funny dude and the inventor of the “Camberwell Carrot”. This is a gem, a truly funny smart comedy with memorable characters. I leave you with one more quote from our friend Danny:

I don’t advise a haircut, man. All hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Hairs are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos, and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight

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