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      Withnail and I

      R 1987 1 hr. 42 min. Comedy List
      92% 37 Reviews Tomatometer 94% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood (Paul McGann) and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the country house of Withnail's flamboyantly gay uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths), they encounter the unpleasant side of the English countryside: tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain. Read More Read Less

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      Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann prove irresistibly hilarious as two misanthropic slackers in Withnail and I, a biting examination of artists living on the fringes of prosperity and good taste.

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      David W A comedy masterpiece with a towering central performance from Grant who is ably supported by Paul McGann and a fine ensemble cast. It's humour is distinctly not for everyine but if you get it then you'll simply adore the bones of it. For me, it started a deep dive into Richard E. Grants body of work and my appreciation of what a wonderful actor he can be in the right roles. His movies may not all be great but he's nearly always great in them. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review Peter C Hilarious and endlessly quotable, however it's homophobic ending depicting the gay uncle as a predator hasn't aged well. You can ignore this by interpreting that Withnail and Marwood are gay lovers all along. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/25/23 Full Review Susan J Not my cup of tea. Overacted, overwrought, silly (but not British witty--just low-budget cheaply made awkward movie kind of silly). Supposed to be profound? I found it tedious--can't believe it's a popular cult film. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/09/23 Full Review Navtej B Excellent movie with excellent soundtrack Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/23/23 Full Review Laurie I A near perfect portrait of a slice in time. Relatable, realistic characters. Every line of dialogue hilarious. A timeless masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/07/23 Full Review clive b One of the most quotable films of all time! Absolutely groundbreaking in its use of comedic effect! Legendarily good! Excellent acting, great plot line. Watch it, then watch it again, and again!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joel Siegel Chicago Reader Withnail and I is more than passably diverting and surely preferable to mindless Hollywood summer movies. But it left me hungry to know much more about its characters and their era than the writer-director seems interested in providing. Rated: 2/4 May 9, 2022 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 5/5 Sep 11, 2007 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian It's much funnier, and sadder, watched stone-cold sober. Rated: 5/5 Sep 10, 2007 Full Review Alex Denney NME (New Musical Express) A brilliantly funny, enduring classic with an unforgettable performance from Richard E Grant. Rated: 5/5 Apr 22, 2021 Full Review Stefan Pape Common Sense Media British cult classic about two alcoholics; much profanity. Rated: 5/5 Sep 11, 2020 Full Review Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia) If you are in the right mood, it is simply impossible not to fall for this hilarious tale of two hard-living losers. Rated: 4/5 Apr 15, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood (Paul McGann) and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the country house of Withnail's flamboyantly gay uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths), they encounter the unpleasant side of the English countryside: tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain.
      Director
      Bruce Robinson
      Executive Producer
      George Harrison, Denis O'Brien
      Screenwriter
      Bruce Robinson
      Production Co
      Cineplex-Odeon Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 15, 2020
      Sound Mix
      Stereo
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