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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 (31) | 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…

An unflinching account of a woman desperate to survive, yet possessing no misapprehensions about how difficult her task is.

July 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Peake is excellent as this tough yet at times amazingly tender woman, and the film tells her story without pulling any punches.

July 27, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

If you can get through the depressing aspect, it does deliver a powerfully told tale of domestic survival that tugs on the heart-strings.

July 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An impressive performance by Shameless' Maxine Peake is at the heart of this challenging, but sometimes compelling 1970-set British drama.

July 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Funny Cow is unusual enough to hold attention, but nonetheless a misfire: incoherent, arty in the wrong ways and often bizarrely misjudged.

July 20, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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