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Kate Long (novel)
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19 February 2007 (UK) See more »
Karen Cooper wants to domineer her family and believes she's its pillar. In fact she does everything wrong. Thus she messes up all their lives and futures, rather then help her loved-ones. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Robin Sheppard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kate Long  novel
Kate Long  screenplay
Kate O'Riordan  screenplay

Produced by
Abi Bach .... associate producer
Hugo Heppell .... executive producer
Harry Oulton .... producer
Alison Owen .... executive producer
David Roessell .... producer
Sascha Schneider .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Russell 
Film Editing by
Liz Webber 
Casting by
David Shaw 
Production Design by
Emma Dibb 
Art Direction by
Jo Baker 
Costume Design by
Theresa Rymer 
Makeup Department
Claire Jones .... makeup supervisor
Lisa Rocco .... makeup department head
Jill Sweeney .... makeup designer
Victoria Yates .... makeup artist
Production Management
Moira Brophy .... post-production supervisor
Faye Ward .... head of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy de Glanville .... second assistant director
Mike Gallivan .... third assistant director
Lee Trevor .... first assistant director
Art Department
Steve Bedford .... construction manager
David Ede .... painter
Sam Hargreaves .... art department runner
Carl Heaton .... property master
Kim Rowley .... production buyer
Alan Shaw .... prop hand
Alan Sprawson .... carpenter
Barry Tracey .... painter
Zoe Wight .... art department assistant
Ross Wilson .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Phil Cape .... assistant sound
Dan Dewsnap .... sound engineer
Pip Norton .... dubbing mixer
Chris Nuttall .... dialogue editor
John Pearson .... sound mixer
John Pearson .... sound supervisor
Ray Nicholas .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Bevan .... focus puller
Ross Chapman .... best boy
Daniel Gadd .... clapper loader
Daniel Gadd .... focus puller: second unit
Steven Gardner .... clapper loader dailies
Richard Haines .... camera trainee
David Manfield .... lighting gaffer
Terry Maskell .... electrician
Joe McLean .... electrician
Ryan Nguyen .... digital imaging technician
John Rundle .... grip
Luke Selway .... clapper loader: dailies
Lee Wiseman .... electrician
Casting Department
Mohsan Qureshi .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Evans .... costume assistant
Angela Wellwood .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Christian Wheeler .... assistant editor
Location Management
Harriet Sutcliffe .... assistant location manager
Charlie Thompson .... location manager
Music Department
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Other crew
Andy Brunskill .... production assistant
Joseph Churchill .... floor runner
Hannah Crank .... production secretary
Sarah Hulls .... assistant accountant
Lisa Kenny .... floor runner
Rebecca Lamb .... production runner
Janis McMorrine .... production accountant
Mona Qureshi .... head of development
Lynn Roberts .... production coordinator
Dominic Threlfall .... floor runner
Sarah Urban .... floor runner
Faye Ward .... head of physical production
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language, thematic elements and some smoking
71 min
Australia:M | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46159)

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Bad mother and daughter film, 1 September 2010
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

Karen (Catherine Tate) is basically having what you would call a mid-life crisis. Her mother is turning senile and her daughter is behaving like most teenage daughters do. She's living her life straight out of "The Bad Mother's Handbook".

The title is half accurate, but it should also be "The Bad Daughter's Handbook". Mother and daughter are very selfish, rude and inconsiderate people. As the title suggests, they behave badly. So I guess I should have known what I was getting myself into, but this is only a drama, not a comedy. None of their "bad behaviour" played out for laughs. We were apparently supposed to care for these people. But the only people I cared for were the supporting characters that the mother and daughter treated badly. And they don't just treat other people badly, they treat each other badly. It's just a whole lot of unhappiness for a sense of self-importance and self-gain.

The other "rave" reviews praised Catherine Tate's performance and how good of a made-for-TV movie this is. Those points are accurate; Tate played the "bad mother" exceptionally well, and the film as a whole played out with much more emotion than most made-for-TV movies do. I just think the film should be rated on more points than just that. If you like the idea of the title "The Bad Mother's Handbook" played out very slowly with drama instead of comedy, and you like watching selfish characters live their self-important lives, then you just might like this film. But for everybody else, tell your mother you love her, and don't watch this.

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