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The Acid House is a collection of three short stories. 'The Granton Star Cause,' covers a very, very bad day in the life of Boab Coyle (Stephen McCole); 'A Soft Touch' revolves around Johnny (Kevin McKidd), who marries the very pregnant Catriona (Michelle Gomez), who, almost as soon as the baby is born, starts making it with psychopathic neighbour, Larry (Gary McCormack); In 'The Acid House', Coco Bryce (Ewen Bremner), a speed-crazed madman, desperately fears commitment to his relationship with Kirsty (Arlene Cockburn). Meanwhile, Rory (Martin Clunes) and his wife, Jenny (Jemma Redgrave), are about to have their first child. Suddenly, in a burst of lightning, the baby and an utterly stoned Coco somehow exchange personalities, much to the dismay of all.

Review by Peter Anderson:
Call me crazy, but I think Irvine Welsh is a mysoginist. These three short stories are great as stories but there is so much vigorous, almost violent sex, especially in the middle story, that it becomes extremely difficult to watch. There must also be someone in Scotland who finds the most grim locations in the entire world and presents them to the makers of films like Trainspotting and Acid House.

The first of the three stories, The Granton Star Cause, was actually not too bad. God is very funny (not the one I believe in, but funny all the same) and the whole scenario is extremely amusing. Boab (Stephen McCole) is so unfortunate throughout the entire story that you can only laugh and remember the days where you had thoughts about doing the things he does as a fly. But it all falls down with the gratuitous sex scenes and the tasteless references to bondage.

The second, Soft Touch, is the worst offender of the three, starring one of the ugliest characters I have ever set eyes on, Larry (Gary McCormack) who gets to shag Johnny's wife Catriona. The third, The Acid House, was definitely the best story of the three, but probably the most visually irritating. The first twenty minutes was pretty much a film clip, a long and boring one at that, building up to the personality transfer/birth scene. Ewen Bremner is fantastic as the two characters he must play - the yobbish Coco and the nameless newborn, into whose body Coco's personality has ended up in.

Many will say this film is brilliant for the way it portrays people and the differences between the classes but in reality it is little more than a vehicle for Welsh to reveal his prejudices.

Published May 18, 2006

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CAST: The Granton Star Cause: Stephen McCole, MauriceRoeves, Garry Sweeney, Jenny McCrindle; A Soft Touch: Kevin McKidd, Michelle Gomez, Tam Dean Burn, Gary McCormack; The Acid House: Ewen Bremner, Martin Clunes, Jemma Redgrave, Arlene Cockburn, Jane Stabler

DIRECTOR: Paul McGuigan

SCRIPT: Irvine Welsh (based on his collection of short stories)

RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes




DVD RELEASE: May 4, 2006

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