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Funny Cow

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2017
  • Adrian Shergold
  • 98 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy drama starring Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine and Tony Pitts. Through the 1970s and 80s, a mistreated housewife in the north of England attempts to pursue a career as a stand-up comic on the working men's club circuit.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Set in northern England during the 1970s and 80s, this bruising domestic drama tells the story of a defiant, working-class woman who pursues a career as a stand-up comic. Maxine Peake's plays the title character - she's never called anything else - who endures a life stained by abuse and sexism, not least from her husband (Tony Pitts), who is a violent, controlling bully. Meanwhile, everyone else keeps telling her that women can't "do" comedy. As she attempts to prove them all wrong, the story jumps between different periods in her life. The stand-up sequences are mildly amusing at best, though you should be prepared for the sort of bigoted, unreconstructed humour that was all too prevalent at the time. However, the dramatic scenes are surprisingly effective, with Peake excellent throughout.

Credits

Cast

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"Funny Cow"Maxine Peake
AngusPaddy Considine
BobTony Pitts
"Funny Cow's" mumLindsey Coulson
VentriloquistVic Reeves
DannyKevin Eldon
"Funny Calf's" mumChristine Bottomley
"Funny Calf's" dad / older MikeStephen Graham
LennyAlun Armstrong
"Funny Calf" (young "Funny Cow"Macy Shackleton
CinematographerTony Slater Ling

Crew

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DirectorAdrian Shergold

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2018-04-20
Languages
English
Guidance
violence, swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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