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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

Writer:

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
Hebe Beardsall ... Young Funny Cow
Tony Pitts ... Bob
Diane Morgan ... Margaret
Hannah Walters ... Jean
John Bishop ... Colin Pine
Lindsey Coulson Lindsey Coulson ... Funny Cow Mum
Vic Reeves Vic Reeves ... Ventriloquist
Adam Gillen Adam Gillen ... Ginger Youth
Dominic Brunt ... Landlord
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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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A woman with a funnybone for a backbone. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

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 »

Quotes

Angus: Why are all the beautiful people fucked up and all the wankers bestride the earth untouched?
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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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Featured in Granada Reports: 11 May 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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Great performances but perhaps better Television.
31 August 2018 | by tm-sheehanSee all my reviews

Not too many laughs in Funny Cow- It's a pity someone of the caliber of Jimmy McGovern, who's Television acclaimed dramas such as The Street and Accused depicting bleak human tales of the grass roots British characters and their environments perfectly and with great empathy. I liked all the performances especially Maxine Peake playing the lead role so well and depicting the struggle to escape a violent alcoholic home . Funny Cow repeats her mother's mistakes in choosing violent men till she finds comedy as her escape but the flash backs and editing I found confusing and out of synch with the script. Perhaps this script would be better suited to television drama where there's more time to expand characters and reveal more background to the story and motives of the characters. I just found this film very depressing , which is not a bad thing in itself but a film also needs to entertain and be interesting, which in my opinion it fails to do . Like so many movies I've seen recently the actors often are great but if the Production and Direction are average the whole movie suffers.


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