Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Felicity Montagu, Tim Key, Simon Greenall, Sean Pertwee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Darren Boyd, Nigel Lindsay, Simon Delaney, Monica Dolan, Paul Blackwell, Phil Cornwell.
Director: Declan Lowney
Rating: R (for language, brief violence, and nudity.)
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Release Date: April 4, 2014
Baby Cow Films, Baby Cow Productions, and Magnolia Pictures.
Written by. Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Peter Baynham, Neil Gibbons and Rob Gibbons; based on characters created by Steve Coogan, Armando Iannucci, Patrick Marber, and Peter Baynham.
Steve Coogan has been around for a couple of decades now, but it was only recently that he became something of a known commodity here in the United States. Landing two Oscar nominations in 2013 for his co-writing and co-producing of Best Picture nominee Philomena, Coogan also starred alongside fellow Oscar nominee Judi Dench and presented a more serious side to his comedic talents. For those who have seen Coogan’s work prior to Philomena, most would agree that he is an extremely talented writer and actor, acerbic and wry with his view of the world.
Coogan’s latest film, Alan Partridge, arrives stateside and furthers along the story of a fictitious British presenter audiences here will likely have no idea about. Partridge is a radio and television personality Coogan first unveiled in the early 1990s for a British comedy series known as On The Hour. A bumbling sports journalist in that series, Partridge has become an alter-ego for Coogan, prominently a part of British comedy for two decades. After radio serials and two television series, Coogan has brought Partridge to the big screen and the film is a dry, off-color, fast-paced, absurd delight. Think a British Ron Burgundy of sorts; without the Action 4 News Team and offering a character Will Ferrell likely drew inspiration from as he invented his superstar news anchor personality.