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Funny Cow (2017)

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A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs.

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Adrian Shergold

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Tony Pitts
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Credited cast:
Paddy Considine ... Angus
Stephen Graham ... Mike
Alun Armstrong ... Lenny
Maxine Peake ... Funny Cow
Christine Bottomley ... Funny Calf Mum
Kevin Eldon ... Danny
Tony Pitts ... Bob
Hannah Walters Hannah Walters ... Jean
Diane Morgan ... Margaret
Hebe Beardsall ... Young Funny Cow
John Bishop ... Colin Pine
Dominic Brunt ... Landlord
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... Ventriloquist
Lindsey Coulson Lindsey Coulson ... Funny Cow Mum
Adam Gillen Adam Gillen ... Ginger Youth
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A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs.

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When life knocks you down, stand up ! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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UK

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English

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20 April 2018 (UK) See more »

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Comedian John Bishop has a cameo - with one of his pet English Bull Terrier dogs. See more »

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Funny Cow: Where are you going?
Lenny: I'm going swimming - in a sea of beer. Washes away all the hurt and the dirt. It's the stains though, won't shift them, love.
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Vic Reeves (Jim Moir), who plays a cabaret performer in the film, nods to his recording of 'Born Free' in 1991 with 'Vic Reeves and The Roman Numerals' which reached number 6 in the UK singles chart See more »

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Features The Red Balloon (1956) See more »

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23 April 2018 | by joey_d_49See all my reviews

How tired I am of seeing films showing how grim tis up North...

Funny Cow is a story about a woman who's had a troubled time with the men in her life, namely her Father and Partner. It's a set up that's been told a thousand times before, though the premise of this version is that it supposedly leads our protagonist to comedy. The main thing missing from this story however was just that..comedy. Funny Cow shows she can crack a cheap laugh at points in the film, mainly one liners, and doesn't actually pluck up the courage to take the stage until the end of the film. Needless to say, she goes onto perform as if she's had plenty of experience and has the whole place roaring with laughter... zzz.

The film was the most depressing film I've seen in a very long time. One dimensional characters, all with similar vices in alcoholism and addiction. Performances were stereotypical and obvious on the whole. The scenes of violence were tactless, we know it happens but do you have to be so blatant with it?! Not sure why Stephen Graham decided to sign on for this one. He's in two scenes as two characters, and the scene in which he is playing her Father is just ridiculous, seems to me a bad choice for an actor so often likable regardless of his morals. Paddy Considine also out of his range here, playing an upper class yuppy, very characiturish and unbelievable, a rare mistep for Considine.

Peake does an OK job, but again not particularly likeable, and sometimes her choices seemed over the top and obvious. There is a smugness to her which I find hard to overlook.

I really didn't find anything in the film worth taking home with me, in fact I felt angered when leaving because it truly felt like a story that doesn't need to be shown on film. If these are the sorts of films representing British Cinema, then no wonder people are staying home watching Netflix.

Avoid.


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