Withnail and I
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Screenwriter Bruce Robinson made his directorial debut with this British comedy. Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; "I," or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail's roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the '60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse. Given the intimacy and insight of the screenplay and dialogue, one shouldn't be surprised… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Set in 1969 England, it portrays the last throes of a friendship mirroring the seedy demise of the hippie period, delivering some comic gems along the way."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One of the funniest elements of Withnail & I is that it concerns three varieties of drama queen: the flamboyantly dark-minded Withnail; neurotic, ill-equipped Marwood, and the larger-than-life Monty. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"It's much funnier, and sadder, watched stone-cold sober."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A modern classic? A brilliant vignette of a certain time and attitudes? A self-indulgent jeu d'esprit? One thing is certain: Richard E. Grant touched greatness."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"It's hilarious in a kind of off-beat, sideways sort of manner."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A biting script from writer-director Bruce Robinson and performances from Richard E Grant and Paul McGann as two 'resting' actors, Withnail and 'I', that neither has surpassed."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Has a particularly rabid following. Maybe one has to be English to really understand why."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A hilarious black comedy and already something of a cult favorite."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The best British comedy ever made? Possibly. A masterpiece? Unquestionably."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"Arch, smug, exquisitely British, and truly hilarious."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Perhaps Britain's most beloved cult film, Bruce Robinson's 1986 semi-autobiographical dark comedy is an obsessively observed character study."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A defining rites-of-passage classic film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It is at once a coming-of-age comedy and a fond farewell to an era."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"Has any screenplay combined so many quotable lines with such tear-jerking pathos or blatant homophobia?"
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Wonderfully funny, bitterly sad film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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