“How to Get Ahead in Advertising” (1989) is a British comedy written and directed by Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I) and starring Richard E. Grant and Rachel Ward. Grant plays Denis Dimbleby Bagley, a cold but effective ad executive who suffers a nervous breakdown due to a crisis of conscience while brainstorming a promotional campaign for acne cream. His anxiety manifests in a boil which escalates the breakdown as it increases in size. Rachel Ward stars as Julia, Denis’ long-suffering wife who becomes increasingly alarmed by the sudden and drastic changes his personality undergoes.
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