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The Acid House (1998)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Fantasy  -  1 January 1999 (UK)
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Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer Irving Welsh.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Boab (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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God (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Drunk (segment "A Soft Touch") / Priest (segment "The Acid House")
Garry Sweeney ...
Kev (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Jenny McCrindle ...
Evelyn (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Simon Weir ...
Tambo (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Iain Andrew ...
Grant (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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Parkie (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Pat Stanton ...
Barman (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Alex Howden ...
Boab Snr (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
Annie Louise Ross ...
Doreen (segment "The Granton Star Cause") (as Ann Louise Ross)
Dennis O'Connor ...
PC Cochrane (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
John Gardner ...
Sgt. Morrison (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
William Blair ...
Workmate ("The Granton Star Case") / Deck ("A Soft Touch")
Gary McCormack ...
Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause") / Larry (segment "A Soft Touch")
Malcolm Shields ...
Workmate (segment "The Granton Star Cause")
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Three twisted tales from the seamy side of Scotland and the mind of Irvine Welsh. The Granton Star Cause: in the same day a young Leith lad is dumped by his football team, his girlfriend and his parents, arrested and beaten up by the police and turned into a fly by God, whom he meets in a pub. The Soft Touch: a man is too soft to do anything when his wife moves in with the thug upstairs. The Acid House: while tripping on acid, Coco Bryce is struck by lightning, causing him to switch bodies with a newborn baby. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@bigpond.com>

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$7,459 (USA) (6 August 1999)

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$142,783 (USA) (3 December 1999)
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The film was deemed deeply offensive by the UK tabloid press for its inclusion of a swearing, foul-mouthed God. See more »

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Colin 'Coco' Bryce: [about to be breast-fed] Phwoar, ya dirty cunt, ye. You've got some set a' jugs on ye, right enough, doll. Business gear.
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A strange, bizarre, and highly entertaining film.
21 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

"The Acid House" is a series of three short stories penned by "Trainspotting" novelist Irvine Welsh, and true to his style, it is inspired by a terribly bad acid trip. Being a huge fan of Irvine Welsh, I had high hopes for this film, but I was also aware that it would most likely not be as good as Trainspotting. It wasn't, but a good movie all the same.

The first story is about a 23 year old soccer player who is booted out by his mates, gets kicked out of his parents house, looses his girlfriend, and looses his job all in the space of a few hours. After all this, he "meets God". The second concerns a very disturbed couple with a newborn baby, and their wacky neighbor who moves into the flat above them. And the third, and best, of them is about a young man who is struck by lightning after taking a hit of acid and his soul is transfered into the body of a newborn baby. Very strange stories, only Irvine Welsh could have done these.

As a movie, it has all the basic ingredients, save for a few dodgy dialogue bits here and there. All the actors involve give their best, and it was a pretty satisfying and mind boggling experience. It isn't as well laid out as "Trainspotting", though, so people expecting a new "Trainspotting" might not get what they expect.


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