The Acid House

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Released 1999

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The Acid House

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Director:
Paul McGuigan
Released:
1999
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Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh adapts three surreal, darkly comic vignettes from his collection of short stories set in the Scottish slums, including the title tale about an acidhead who switches bodies with a pampered infant. In "The Granton Star Cause," a slacker faces a string of rejections, thanks to the whims of a cruel, foulmouthed God. In "A Soft Touch," a hapless husband struggles with a sadistic neighbor.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times 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.

  • 70

    Variety

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

  • 60

    The New York Times 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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