Old reviews don’t necessarily reflect my current opinion ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I didn’t expect this to be so brutal: an opening arrest where a fleeing suspect dives through a glass door; a high speed car chase; drive by assassinations; and a climactic shoot out complete with child hostage and bloody gunshot wounds. Also a fun and slightly twisted buddy cop / love triangle dynamic where two cops date the same woman (the daughter of a lieutenant killed on duty who’s sworn off dating cops) at the same time… literally. As in they both go on the same dates with her at the same time.
I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…
Observations on this rewatch (prompted by this list):
1) Matthew Broderick killed two people in a car accident and got away with it, making the moment the Gadgetmobile tells him to wear a seatbelt more than a touch dark.
2) The innuendo between Gadget and that doctor woman is insane ("Wowser", monkey noises, fireworks, toothpaste ejaculate, etc.). Then there's the stupid-slutty clone version of her who is programmed to do cheer-leading... Just wow.
3) This is like a family friendly…