Funny Cow

Funny Cow

Funny Cow

UK comedy-drama charting the rise of a comedian (Maxine Peake, The Theory of Everything), set against a backdrop of Northern England working men's clubs in the '70s and '80s.

2017Rating: MA15+, Strong themes and coarse language102 minsUK
ComedyDrama

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Funny Cow / Reviews

Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

Funny Cow to the ranks of Yorkshire’s standout wares – alongside everything from tea to steel to Ken Loach’s Kes, plus bands such as Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys. The list goes on. However boiling kettles, grim childhoods and mournful tunes abound in this 1970s and 1980s-set portrait of an unnamed woman (Maxine Peake) trying to etch out a life that isn’t miserable, namely by inching her way onto Britain’s stand-up comedy circuit.

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The Times

The Times

It's a tough, passionate and compassionate account of survival at all costs (what would you do, and say, to escape a desperate life?) and a troubling portrait of an unsavoury element of national character that still very much exists.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

It's...honest about the cesspools of knee-jerk racism and other forms of bigotry that passed for humour in the bad old days - some of which even the heroine dredges up to make her mark.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There is no moral, and in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, there is no hugging, no learning. There is just a hypnotically belligerent performance from [Maxine] Peake, whose anti-heroine explodes like a firework, burning herself to an ashy crisp.

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Stuff

Stuff

A challenging, but sometimes compelling drama about 1970s Britain.

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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

As a character piece, it is going through the motions, and as a comedy, it dies quietly.

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Independent

Independent

Funny Cow is one of the best British features of the year so far: an abrasive, tender and continually surprising affair whose comic moments sit next to scenes of irredeemable bleakness.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

One of those intriguing but raggedy films that ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its promising parts...

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FilmInk

FilmInk

Somewhat melodramatic, but truthful, and the core relationships, themes and emotions that run through the film are wholly universal.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A fractured jumble of a fictional rise-to-fame (sort of) story that's held together by a powerhouse performance from Maxine Peake.

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