How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)


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Movie Info

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.

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Robinson
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On DVD: Jul 10, 2001
Image Entertainment


as Denis Dimbleby Bagle...

as Julia Bagley

as John Bristol

as Penny Wheelstock

as Psychiatrist

as Richard

as Mrs. Wallace

as Jonathan

as Larry Frisk

as Harry Wax

as Receptionist

as Businessman

as Hospital Doctor

as Businessman

as Phillis Blokey

as Receptionist

as Tweedy Man

as Tweedy Woman

as Girl in Elevator
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Critic Reviews for How to Get Ahead in Advertising

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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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New York Times
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May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for How to Get Ahead in Advertising

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 reviews I've read on here.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

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.

Megan S

Super Reviewer


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 soon develops a face and a nasty personality. Does he need a dermatologist, or a psychologist? This weird and witty advertising satire from the director of WITHNAIL AND I has been sadly neglected over the years.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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