How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

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Directed By Bruce Robinson Starring Richard E. Grant  •  Rachel Ward  •  Richard Wilson  •  Jacqueline Tong  •  John Shrapnel Genres Black Comedy  •  Comedy  •  Fantasy  •  Fantasy Comedy  •  Satire  •  Workplace Comedy Studios &
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Release Info March 30, 1989
Color  •  90 minutes R Rated R
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topichtennis

topichtennis on 1/30/2011 Reply  · 

What a clever little movie. Bruce Robinson takes a Cronenbergian approach to his script that is just as funny as Withnail and I. The movie pokes fun of capitalism, marketing, hypocrisy, and even ends with a most convincing speech that almost seems to come from a war movie. Just the thought of boils makes me ill to my stomach. And the boil that Richard E. Grant grows has a mind of it's own, and also a mustache. Grant gives two high energy performances, he seconds as the grotesque pustule. At first the movie seems to pick sides saying that capitalism is bad, but by the end we realize that we need Walmart as much as Walmart needs us. We've started a sad and repetitive cycle of mass consumerism, and there is no foreseeable conclusion.

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