|ALAN PARTRIDGE: ALPHA PAPA (director: Declan Lowney; screenwriters: Armando Iannucci/Rob and Neil Gibbons/Peter Baynham/Steve Coogan; cinematographer: Ben Smithard; editor: Mark Everson; music: Ilan Eshkeri; cast: Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge), Colm Meaney (Pat Farrell), Felicity Montagu (Lynn Benfield), Simon Greenall (Michael), Dustin Demri-Burns (Danny Sinclair), Tim Key (Side Kick Simon), Monica Dolan (Angela Ashbourne), Sean Pertwee (Steve Stubbs), Nigel Lindsay (Jason Tresswell), Anna Maxwell Martin (Janet Whitehead), Darren Boyd (Martin Fitch); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Kevin Loader/Henry Normal; Magnolia Pictures; 2013-UK)|
|"It's Coogan's brassy
performance that makes this
English comedy rock."
by Dennis Schwartz
Veteran English TV
director Declan Lowney ("Wild
About Harry"/"We Know Where You Live"/"Backstreet Boys - Live
in Concert") directs this zany spoof on
haughty BBC radio personalities. Steve Coogan plays
the smarmy Alan Partridge, who is a DJ in provincial
Norwich, at the station called North Norfolk Digital.
was created for him over 20
years ago by Armando Iannucci, whereby he
plays a callow fictional BBC sports reporter.
plot involves the radio station taken over by new management, a
giant media conglomerate, and they
plan to cut costs and to rename the
station Shape. Since it's either the obnoxious
foul-mouthed Alan's job or that of his sincere
DJ colleague Pat Farrell (Colm Meaney)
that will be cut, Alan does what's in his best
interest. When Pat is sacked, he retaliates by
taking members of the personnel department hostage.
Ironically Partridge becomes the station's neutral
A volley of both good and lousy
gags are fired off, as things end as slapstick in a
drawn-out police chase across Norfolk.
The sometimes funny screenplay is authored by Iannucci, along with Neil and Rob Gibbons. But it's Coogan's brassy performance that makes this English comedy rock as escapist entertainment. It's an acquired taste, for those viewers who get turned on by such unpleasant scathing humor.
REVIEWED ON 11/30/2014 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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