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Trainspotting made novelist Irvine Welsh's raw storytelling synonymous with the seamy side of Scotland. Here, director McGuigan takes on three stories from Welsh's anthology Acid House that make that other infamous title look almost tame. In the first, a young soccer slacker is turned into a fly by God. Next, a new dad is terrorized by his whorish wife (Redgrave) and her thug boyfriend, who lives upstairs.
The wild and weird title story finds a party boy on acid (Trainspotting's Bremner) getting struck by lightning and exchanging bodies with a newborn baby. The gritty cast adds to the twisted humor, pessimism and unrelentingly brutal view of Edinburgh life.