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Funny Cow (2017)



Critic Consensus: Funny Cow rests almost entirely on Maxine Peake's performance -- which proves more than capable of shouldering the weight of this affecting period drama.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Funny Cow

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8)

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…

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…

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.

April 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a tough, passionate and compassionate account of survival at all costs...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 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.

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

f the gift of Funny Cow herself is her refusal to conform, the same goes for her story. And it's Peake who brings the thing alive.

April 18, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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