It Takes Two: Top 25 Best Buddy Comedies

From mismatched cops on a job to teenage best friends going out in a blaze of glory, we count down the

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'Withnail and I' (1987)
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7. 'Withnail and I' (1987)

Some good times don't seem so good in retrospect — like, say, the destitute, alcoholic meanderings of Paul McGann's unemployed (and unnamed) actor and his perpetually soused companion, Richard E. Grant's Withnail. Part Dylan Thomas and part John Barrymore, Withnail is a self-willed icon, a cult figure waiting for his cult, which Withnail and I's release ironically provided. (Try "I'm not drunk, I've only had a few ales" and "There must and shall be aspirin" on any Brit of a certain age and wait for the spark of recognition.) The misdaventures of writer-director Bruce Robinson's onscreen avatar and his hedonistic partner-in-crime initially seem like an elegy for a freewheeling era, but McGann and Grant's bond is toxic in more ways than one. Although the Withnail drinking games and such frame the movie as a celebration of excess, it's more like a description of a time you're glad to have lived through and put behind you: a supposedly fun thing you'll never do again.—SAM ADAMS

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