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Funny Cow (2017)




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Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian standing up to a violent husband and the sexist Northern England club circuit. If you think that modern comedy is still lacking in gender equality, then this tough, streetwise British film shows that it's also made giant strides since the in-your-face chauvinism of working men's clubs in decades past. And yet, ill-treatment by men is something our eponymous heroine is grimly used to, from childhood beatings to an abusive husband (scriptwriter Tony Pitts, on terrifying form). More a film about the power of laughter and how to transform pain into humour than a straight-up comedy, Funny Cow is a fitting showcase for Peake. So often dazzling on stage and television, she's hilarious and heart-breaking here. There's fine support too from cast-against-type Paddy Considine as her middle-class paramour and a swooning, melancholic soundtrack by Richard Hawley.


Critic Reviews for Funny Cow

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (1)

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

October 23, 2017 | Full Review…

In a time when far right attitudes are increasingly normalised, we have to ask ourselves, is it ever okay for a film to give audiences the opportunity to laugh at jokes that offer direct prejudice to minorities, regardless of the historical context?

April 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite being a little too schematic and in spite of the occasional cliché, this is powerful stuff.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

It's beautifully filmed and performed with energy and attitude. On the other hand, for a movie about a stand-up comic, it's relentlessly dour.

April 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A story where nothing is learned or gained.

April 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This film is interested in the point where hate and humour meet. Its protagonist is a real cow. I loved her to bits.

April 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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