Film: Withnail and I 15g rating Year: 1987
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Country: UK Genre: Comedy
Director: Bruce Robinson
Starring: Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick

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Withnail and I Synopsis - Withnail and I is a seriously dark and depressing comedy. It follows two unemployed actors who share a dilapidated flat in Camden Town in Late 1960's. Withnail is a drunk with wealthy connections, Marwood is his log suffering flat mate who is less confused, but gets dragged along with his flat mates schemes for relieving the boredom (and the filth) inside the flat. One such idea from Withnail is that they visit his well to do Uncle Monty for some food and to get warm. Monty is a well read and sophisticated man but is somewhat overbearing in his sexual interest in, a by now frightened, Marwood. Though Marwood escapes intact this time he is persuaded by Withnail to go to Yorkshire to escape the grime and filth of London to spend the weekend at a property in the country owned by Uncle Monty. Unfortunately they swap the cold and grime of London, for the cold, wet and mud of rural Yorkshire. Again they are cold, hungry and miserable - then Uncle Monty turns up unexpectedly.

Withnail and I Review - Withnail and I is a very different film from anything else you are likely to see. It is a comedy set in unremittingly depressing locations. Parts of the film have relatively high-brow elements, but there are many gags and one liners that keep this film very firmly in the accessible to all bracket. It melds characters together with beautiful balance - the wild unpredictable alcoholic Withnail, the innocent Marwood, the predatory Uncle Monty and Danny the champion spliff rolling scary hippy. But basically this film is just bloody funny.
The reasons I recommend Withnail and I are: 1. A hugely amusing film. 2. Richard E Grants portrayal of the over the top Withnail is hilarious. 3. There are so many memorable one liners in the film. 4. The beautiful underlying menace(s) in the film (Uncle Monty, Danny the hippy, The Irishman in the Pub and Michael Elphick's Jake).