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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 (14) | 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…

Whilst it doesn't carry the same weight as something like Educating Rita, Funny Cow still has you wondering what kind of tears are in your eyes.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Funny Cow does look the part... And [Maxine] Peake, as the mouthy, belligerent, ballsy Funny Cow, is always a joy to watch, while the jokes - distilled from contemporaneous acts - prove just how far comedy has come.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film is broken up with intertitles that seem unnecessary, as does the business of having the adult characters meet their childhood selves. But the story is wholly worth telling. And Peake is blistering.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Formally slippery at the edges, the film mixes a Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club period realism with arthouse gambits.

April 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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