Richard E Grant pulls viewers from the comfort of their own reality, into the dark and intensely funny depths of his own insanity. How To Get Ahead In Advertising is, in my humble opinion, one of the funniest tales ever to hit the big screen from the British film industry.
The film centers around the lead Character, Denis Dimbleby Bagley, which Grant plays to perfection as his onscreen alter-ego, struggling with a new marketing campaign for pimple cream, soon realizes the evils of the advertising world and resigns. He then develops a boil on his neck which grows and with the boils new found size comes its strange ability to speak, much to the dismay of Bagley, his wife and any other unfortunate individual who may happen to cross Bagley’s' path.
I have watched this film many times over the years and the razor sharp wit delivered from the script, via Grant, to the viewers is intense with 100% laughter guaranteed upon each and every viewing. Grants' delivery builds up the situation from a crazy little boil to a crescendo of insane spot-related hilarity with clinical accuracy. The laughs come thick and fast with some interesting (if somewhat factually incorrect) underlying analogies of precisely what’s wrong with the world today. Buy it, watch it, and struggle to dislike it. This remains a special title to add sparkle to any film collection.