MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,586 this week

Mad Cows (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  29 October 1999 (UK)
4.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.0/10 from 265 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 3 critic

A single mother's postnatal state leads her on a race to save her child and her sanity.

Director:

Writers:

, (novel), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 02 Nov 2011
 
a list of 299 titles
created 18 Dec 2011
 
a list of 160 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 860 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 264 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Mad Cows" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Mad Cows (1999)

Mad Cows (1999) on IMDb 4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mad Cows.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Niagara Motel (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Niagara Motel and the attached Riverside Grill, located in Niagara Falls, are owned and operated by Serbian father and daughter, the always angry Boris and hard working Sophie. Through ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Yates
Stars: Craig Ferguson, Peter Keleghan, Damir Andrei
War Bride (2001)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

WW2: In London, Lily marries a Canadian soldier who goes off to war. She and her newborn daughter are invited to come and live with his family in Canada, where conditions are not as ... See full summary »

Director: Lyndon Chubbuck
Stars: Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Aden Young
Peaches (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Frank leaves college and faces a Summer of discontent.

Director: Nick Grosso
Stars: Matthew Rhys, Kelly Reilly, Justin Salinger
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Colm is a Catholic and George is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Levinson
Stars: Barry McEvoy, Brían F. O'Byrne, Anna Friel
Watermelon (TV Movie 2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Kieron J. Walsh
Stars: Anna Friel, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán McMenamin
Irish Jam (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Upon discovering that their town is up for sale, crafty Irish villagers scheme to raise the money to prevent the buy-out. They hold a poetry contest with a tempting grand prize -- the deed ... See full summary »

Director: John Eyres
Stars: Dudley Sutton, Tom Georgeson, Anna Friel
AfterLife (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Alison Peebles
Stars: Lindsay Duncan, Kevin McKidd, Paula Sage
St. Ives (1998)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1813, Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, a Hussar in the Napoleonic wars, is captured and sent to a Scottish prison camp. He's a swashbuckler, so the prison's commander, Major Farquar ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Hook
Stars: Jean-Marc Barr, Miranda Richardson, Richard E. Grant
Drama | Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of thirtysomethings flit around Camden Town swapping partners in search of love, lust and life.

Director: David Kane
Stars: Annabelle Apsion, Richard Armitage, Matt Bardock
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two best friends grow up on the Isle of Wight and in Brighton in the 1970s and 1980s.

Director: Sandra Goldbacher
Stars: Anna Friel, Michelle Williams, Ella Jones
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After her father suffers a stroke, his daughter is forced to take care of him.

Director: Sara Sugarman
Stars: Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan Pryce, Ioan Gruffudd
Perfect Strangers (TV Movie 2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When a man and a woman swap jobs and cities temporarily, they face many problems large and small, but their phone calls develop into romance.

Director: Robin Sheppard
Stars: Rob Lowe, Anna Friel, Khandi Alexander
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Lady Drake (Alex's Mother)
...
Alex
...
Politician
...
Detective Slynne
...
Maddy's mother
...
Dr. Minny Stinkler
Geoffrey Robertson ...
Man on bus
...
Man outside Harrods
Mohamed Al-Fayed ...
Harrods Doorman
Megan Matthews ...
Harrods shopper
Rustie Lee ...
Mama Joy
Badi Uzzaman ...
Indian shopkeeper
Edit

Storyline

A single mother's postnatal state leads her on a race to save her child and her sanity.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

They don't take no bull

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Locas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£140,202 (UK) (29 October 1999)

Gross:

£140,202 (UK) (29 October 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Say It Once
Written by Jon O'Mahony, James Rose, James Hearn, Michael Harwood
Performed by Ultra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Just what is it about Joanna Lumley and the cinema?
12 September 2012 | by (Tunbridge Wells, England) – See all my reviews

Just what is it about Joanna Lumley and the cinema? Joanna is one of Britain's most popular television actresses, and is widely admired for her beauty (even in her sixties), her graciousness and her humanitarian and charitable work, yet whenever her agent sends her a film script her judgement seems to desert her completely. There have been occasional exceptions, such as her cameo in the excellent "Shirley Valentine", but too often the presence of J-Lum's name in the cast list of a feature film serves as a warning that it will be a turkey of massive proportions. Her first credited role was as a Bond Girl in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", possibly the worst-ever Bond film, and since then she has graced some of the worst British movies of the last forty years, such as "Don't Just Lie There, Say Something", "The Satanic Rites of Dracula" and the awesomely bad "Prince Valiant". The Michael Winner satire "Parting Shots" had some points of interest and was certainly not as bad as the above-mentioned, films, but even there Joanna, miscast as a Cockney barmaid, was not at her best.

"Mad Cows" is another example of Joanna's talent for choosing the least distinguished vehicles in which to display her talents. It appeared in the same year (1999) as "Parting Shots" and, like that film, has ambitions to satirise the state of British society in the late nineties. The main character, Maddie Wolfe, is a young Australian single mother living in London, and the film follows Maddie's misadventures after she is arrested for shoplifting a bag of frozen peas. While she is being held on remand in prison, a demented psychiatrist tricks her into signing a form giving her young son up for adoption. Much of the rest of the plot is concerned with Maddie's attempts, occasionally assisted by her friend Gillian, to save the boy from this fate.

I have never read Kathy Lette's original novel, or for that matter any of her books, but I cannot say that the film acts as a good advertisement for her works, although Lette herself presumably approved of it as she agreed to make a cameo appearance. A number of other celebrities do the same, including Lette's husband the lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, the model Naomi Campbell and Mohammed Al-Fayed, who appears as a doorman at Harrods. (At the time the film was made he was the owner of the store).

The film has two main problems. The first is that director Sara Sugarman seems to have encouraged her entire cast to overact frantically. Maddie is played by Anna Friel, regarded as something of a rising star in the nineties, largely on the strength of her controversial lesbian kiss in "Brookside". (Today, of course, gay and lesbian plot lines are commonplace in soap operas, but twenty years ago they were still regarded as shocking). I will leave comment on the Lancashire-born Friel's Aussie accent to the Australians themselves, but her character comes across as strident, brazen and surprisingly unsympathetic for someone who is supposed to be the heroine of the film.

Lumley's character Gillian is even less sympathetic, even though she is supposed to be the heroine's best friend. She is played as a sort of upper-class Sloane Ranger down on her luck, desperately in need of money and prepared to do anything, including prostituting herself or blackmail, in order to get it. Lumley overacts just as frantically as Friel, but the worst offender in this regard is the late Anna Massey as Dwina Phelps, a psychiatrist far madder than any of the patients she treats. Greg Wise is better as Maddie's useless upper-class ex-boyfriend Alex, although he makes Alex so convincingly caddish that we never understand just why Maddie keeps returning to him. (Every time she does so, of course, he manages to alienate her again by revealing himself to be even more of a selfish bastard than she had previously realised).

The film's other main problem is that its satire, whether directed against the police, the criminal justice system, the psychiatric profession or politicians, is so exaggerated as to be ineffective. Some of the issues involved may be real social problems- adoption agencies pressurising working-class mothers to give up their children to childless middle-class families, political corruption, police officers bullying suspects accused of minor crimes- but the film addresses these issues in such crude, heavy-handed terms that it can make no contribution to the debate, not even on a comic level.

"Parting Shots" was occasionally guilty of the same fault, and it had other faults such as the miscasting of the wooden Chris Rea in the leading role, but at least it partly succeeded in its aim of holding up a satirical distorting mirror to Blair's Britain of the late nineties. "Mad Cows", by contrast, does not succeed in any of its aims, unless we can assume that Sugarman deliberately set out to make one of the worst British films of the decade. 3/10


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst British Movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sunsworth1975
Discuss Mad Cows (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?