Alan Partridge

Rated R 89 minutes United States 2013

There’s no farce quite as farcical as a British farce. Steve Coogan has a field day as the ultimate no-talent, all-ego local radio talk show personality, who gets mixed up in a hostage situation at the station and rides the crisis all the way to its illogical conclusion, with one eye on his career and the other on a mirror. Director Declan Lowney makes full use of the splendid script -- with gags by Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons, and Ron Gibbons – plus Coogan and Colm Meaney, as desperate out-of-fashion DJs, drive the tense standoff through the roof, very briskly. You’ll have to see it twice to pick up all the snotty pop-culture jokes. A winner (90 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Declan Lowney

Producer: Kevin Loader, Henry Normal, Jenny Borgars, Danny Perkins, Christine Langan, Joe Oppenheimer, Steve Coogan, Armando Ianucci, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons

Cast: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Monica Dolan, Tim Key, Simon Greenall, Karl Theobald, Nigel Lindsay, Phil Cornwell, Dustin Demri-Burns, Anna Maxwell Martin, Darren Boyd and Sean Pertwee

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