Filth Friday, 03 April 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R18+: High impact sex scenes.

  • The pitch:

    Total pish and bollocks.

  • Starring:

    James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell, Emun Elliott, Joanne Froggatt, Iain De Caestecker, Jim Broadbent, Shirley Henderson, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston, Shauna Macdonald, Kate Dickie, Gary Lewis, Brian McCardie, Mitchell Mullen

  • Directed by:

    Jon S Baird

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), NR (USA)


    People are bashed, murdered, headbutted, kicked, beaten, slapped, grabbed, shoved, punched, tied up, bullied, tormented, near-choked, drugged, threatened, blackmailed, thrown against walls, wrestled, bitten, thrown through a window. Attempted suicide (wrist-slashing), suicide (hanging). Police raid on home, police brutality, intimidation, corruption. Nazi references. Graffiti, intentional and accidental property damage. Screaming, yelling, arguing, raised voices. Television footage of animal attack. Accidental death/smothering of a child discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody head, bloody knuckles, pooling blood, blood-stained bandages, bloody cuts, bruising, scars. Collapsed man.


    Frequent scenes of intercourse, masturbation, prostitution, threesomes, phone sex, oral sex, erotic asphyxiation, infidelity. Fully nude males (rear-views), exposed breasts, penis, pictures of male genitals, semi-naked men and women, women in lingerie. A man watches pornography while masturbating. Kissing (male-female, female-female, male-male), flirting, nipple-pinching, cross-dressing. Brothel, strip club settings. Slang for sexual acts, genitalia. References to underage sex, sodomy, oral sex, intercourse.


    People snort cocaine, consume lithium carbonate. Drink spiking, drug dealing. Asthma medication inhaled. Alcohol (beer, spirits), intoxication. Bar setting. Smoking.


    Frequent c-words, f-words. S-words, a-words, bastard, w*nker. Slang terms for genitalia, bodily fluids. Derogatory terms for women, disabled people, homosexuals, police. Name-calling, belittling language, racism, homophobia, misogyny. Cultural, regional, gender, police, mental health, homeless, freemason, homosexual stereotypes. Religious exclamations. Fat jokes. Obscene finger gestures.


    Personal demons, police work, office politics, promotion, manipulation, Scotland, paranoia, corruption, infidelity, Christmas, death, grief, hallucination, pornography, addiction, prank telephone calls, depression, office Christmas parties, Freemasonry, breakdown, promiscuity, amorality.


    Deceased husband/father, estranged wife/child. Deceased brother, estranged wife mentioned. Medical procedures: CPR, ambulance, stretcher, semen samples. Urination, farting, spitting, vomiting, drool. Plane, fireworks. Ghostly apparition of deceased child, people in hallucinatory animal masks (pig, sheep, bird, elephant) seen. Tiger rug and African animal motifs. Closing credits animation of pig, blackbird, wolf, chicken. Based on the cult novel by Irvine Welsh.


    Dark, depraved, funny, energetic, savage, sleazy, entertaining, punky, unguarded, ballsy, bonkers. Cool soundtrack, ugly performance from McAvoy, zesty tech credits, clever in-jokes, tonal shifts in second half are well-earned, good cameos, fairly faithful adaptation of the novel.


    Relentless, disjointed, cartoonish, caricatured, messy. Bizarre choice of animation during closing credits. Dated themes and premise. Tone is muted compared to the novel. Tapeworm plot device does not translate well to the big screen. Pace and energy lag.

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