“I am an ardent champion of the new seeker,” Angus (Paddy Considine)
A contender for worst film I saw in 2017. (For my complete list, click here.) FUNNY COW is an arduous stand-up drama that feels like a leaden biopic. The experience is completely derailed by repeated, dubious inclusions: What's up with the race-related so-called jokes? I gettit, it’s the hardly progressive northern England working men’s club comedy circuit of the 1970s and 80s; but still, why include them? There is no social commentary attached, or acknowledgment of the resultant encouragement of cultural division. Highlighting our separateness through derogatory observations is dispiritingly still topical, but there is no chastisement here. The lead is seen to enjoy them and deliver them. What a disaster for a movie!
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