Funny Cow

Funny Cow
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adrian Shergold
  • Cast: Maxine Peake, Stephen Graham, Paddy Considine
  • UK release: 20 April 2018

Funny Cow (Peake) is a northern woman who takes to stand-up comedy in the 70s and 80s. The film foregrounds the pain and suffering involved, from her abusive husband Bob (Pitts, also the screenwriter) and the grim reality of working men’s clubs. A fine supporting cast is largely wasted, but a great soundtrack and Peake’s fearless performance give it plenty of soul.

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Funny Cow

16 Apr 20183 stars

Maxine Peake captivates in a film that takes a serious look at being funny

Making 'em laugh gets a surprisingly sombre overhaul in Funny Cow, at its best a decent platform for fearless leading lady Maxine Peake. Ostensibly charting the rise to fame of a female stand-up in the 70s and 80s, it's a domestically focused drama with…

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