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The Acid House

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United Kingdom · 1998
1h 46m
Director Paul McGuigan
Starring Ewen Bremner, Kevin McKidd, Stephen McCole, Jemma Redgrave
Genre Comedy, Drama

Adapted from Irvine Welsh's short story collection of the same name, The Acid House is a surreal anthology film about sex, religion, and psychedelics. A down-on-his-luck footballer meets God in a pub; a man's pregnant wife cheats with his upstairs neighbor; and a dopey teen switches bodies with a fetus during an acid trip.

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The Acid House makes "Trainspotting" look like a mild-mannered youth comedy.


Village Voice by Jessica Winter

There's so little leavening humor here, and so much physical and emotional violence visited upon the already abject, that the film seems as pointless as the wasted lives it purports to examine.


Los Angeles Times by John Anderson

A virulent but thoroughly entertaining trilogy of tales about the besieged lower classes of Edinburgh, ripe with vulgarity, self-loathing, violence and economic disorder.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

There are flashes of excitement in this film, mostly from the verbal play and sulphurous humour of Welsh's perspective, but there's a lot that makes you wonder why you're sitting through it.


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

With a cackling nihilistic glee, the movie rubs our faces in the stinking, screaming muck of raw human appetite and insists that that's all there is.

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