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YMMV: Withnail and I
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Withnail is shown drinking lighter fluid, to Marwood's dismay. The real-life person he was based on died of throat cancer (nearly ten years after the movie came out), which the scriptwriter, who based Marwood on himself, blamed on the time he actually did drink lighter fluid.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Withnail was originally to be depicted committing suicide at the end. Vivian MacKerrell, on whom he was based, died at only 50, due to throat cancer most likely caused by self-destructive behavior of some sort.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Made canon by Withnail getting "carried away" when he told Monty that Marwood was a "toilet trader" who was in love with him.
    • See also: Marwood's constant violation of Withnail's personal space, the tendency for the two of them to call one another "lovey", and Withnail's insistence, in the interest of their "safety", that they share a bed.
    • Incidentally, Danny remarks that Marwood is "looking very beautiful" when he sees him emerging half-dressed from the bathroom.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: This isn't the last time Paul McGann would play a character whose name is never revealed.
  • Periphery Demographic: Both Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant have played the Doctor — the Eighth and alternative Ninth, respectively. (Richard E. Grant also appeared as the Doctor in a rather infamous spoof and as Doctor Simeon/The Great Intelligence in "The Snowmen" as well.) By sheer coincidence, these two regenerations of the Doctor were the first ones to be portrayed as overtly bisexual. Needless to say, the Doctor Who slash fandom is all over Withnail and I.
  • Vindicated by History: Screwed by the Network and ignored in the cinema, Robinson said "Thank Christ for VHS and late-night TV" for making the film a cult classic.
  • The Woobie:
    • Marwood for most of the film.
    • Jerk Ass Woobie: Withnail towards the end, especially with his heartbreaking, awesomely spoken "What piece of work is a man" speech, with only the wolves to see it.

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