Naked (1993) written and directed by Mike Leigh
Leslie Sharp as Louise (not pictured) and David Thewlis as Johnny

Louise: So, what happened? Were you bored in Manchester?
Johnny: Was I bored? No, I wasn’t fuckin’ bored. I’m never bored. That’s the trouble with everybody. You’re all so bored! You’ve had nature explained to you and you’re bored with it, you’ve had the living body explained to you and you’re bored with it, you’ve had the universe explained to you and you’re bored with it, so now you just want cheap thrills and like plenty of ’em and it doesn’t matter how tawdry or vacuous they are as long as it’s new, as long as it’s new, as long as it flashes and fuckin’ bleeps in forty fuckin’ different colors! Well, whatever else you can say about me, I’m not fuckin’ bored.
Louise: Yeah. All right.
Johnny: So, how’s it all going for ya?
Louise: It’s a bit boring, actually.

4 Responses to “Naked (1993)”

  1. Brilliant film. Blacker than black. Thewlis’ performance was extraordinary. Sadly, the only other film that I felt gave him an opportunity to more fully showcase his acting talent was Bertolucci’s under-valued Besieged.

  2. Thewlis is fantastic, but his character is so freakin’ unbearable. I spend half the movie wanting to punch him in the face with a garbage truck. One of dozens of fantastic english actors who are mainly wasted in the Potter films. I know, people love them, blah blah blah, but jesus what a colossal waste of talent. Gary Oldman gets more to do in 2 minutes of minimalism in Tinker Tailor than in the entire Potter run combined.

    But I digress…

    Thewlis. This is controversial to say, but I never much cared for his cameo bit in Big Lebowski. He gave good voice as the Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach. I can’t remember if he was any good in Gangster No. 1 or not because it wasn’t a very good movie. He had a surprisingly nice bit in War Horse. There’s a movie that made the most out of small roles for excellent UK actors.

  3. one of Mike Leigh’s best, if not his best. Very dark film. Thewlis gives one of those unforgettable performances.

  4. The last time I’d watched this before now was on LaserDisc so that should tell you it was a long time ago. It wasn’t a surprise exactly how good it still was, but somehow I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT good after all these years.

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