How to Get Ahead in Advertising
How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

In this dark satire from Bruce Robinson, Richard E. Grant stars as Dennis Bagley, an advertising exec who develops a boil on his neck which takes on a human appearance and ultimately takes over its host's soul.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

The running gag is that [this film about advertising] takes its own high-concept formula of a yuppie's just desserts and whips it up with more tang than any consumer could want.

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Carlo Cavagna

The difference between Withnail and I and this film is that here, Robinson is trying to deliver a message instead of focusing on his characters. Mistake.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

acerbic but overstated satire

Rob Gonsalves

Grant alone makes this eminently worth renting.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of the strangest, most outrageous, most bitter, irreverent and bitingly funny satires the movies ever offered.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A dark comedy from Great Britain about the advertising world.

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Michael Dequina

Thanks to Grant's bravura performance, the film is wickedly enjoyable.

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Karina Montgomery


Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
One of my favorite films and for sure one of the best comedic performances is put in by Richard E. Grant. Actually I am very surprised by all the negative… More
Anthony Lawrie
This is a fantastic film, satire at its best. It's a crime that Bruce Robinson hasn't directed more films! Can't wait for The Rum Diary!
Megan S
I'm not really sure why I watched this movie, it was so strange. It was interesting at the beginning but by the end I just didn't care anymore.
Ken Stachnik
Delightfully dry, zany and fun. "Boils don't have ears!"
Greg S
About to suffer a nervous breakdown due to a looming deadline to create a pimple cream campaign, a hot shot advertising exec grows a boil on his neck, which… More
Quinto Wallight
This is a hilarious movie, excellent satire and has a great performance by Withnail himself, Mr. Richard E. Grant. This is something I can kinda relate to in a… More