Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Radio ga-ga.

  • Starring:

    Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Tim Key, Felicity Montagu, Monica Dolan, Nigel Lindsay, Sean Pertwee, Simon Greenall, Phil Cornwell, Jessica Knappett, Jaspal Badwell, Simon Delaney, Anna Maxwell Martin

  • Directed by:

    Declan Lowney

  • Running time:

    90 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, shot at, bound, held hostage, tasered, threatened at gunpoint, wrestled, hit with objects, slammed against objects, butt-whipped, slapped. A man places a gun in his mouth intending suicide. Stomping on beetles discussed.  Iranian Embassy siege, Wall Street stock-market crash, stealing discussed. Crushed Scouts mentioned. Warmongering, chemical attacks, assault, battery, kidnapping, actual/grievous bodily harm, suicide, genocide, tension in North Korea, bullying, Osama bin Laden mentioned. Smashed objects, broken glass, debris. Shots fired, smoke canister thrown. Shouting, yelling, arguing. Blood/gore: Smashed nose, bloody face, bloody clothing, bloody bullet wounds, blood spray, bloody gashes. Bruising. Body bags mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, caressing, flirting. Past sexual encounter discussed. Sexual innuendo. Pornographic picture (breasts, bottom) reflected in glass. Half-naked male seen from the waist down. Photograph of shirtless man. Dating prostitutes, erectile dysfunction mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (champagne, spirits). Cocaine and heroin use mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, mocking, belittling, sexism. Derogatory terms for women and police offers. Slang and actual terms for genitalia. Religious references and exclamations. Jokes about age, weight, homosexuals, disability, paedophilia, nationalities, prejudice, marriage, nurses, bus drivers, JFK assassination. Regional, country (Ireland, Egypt, France, China, Germany, Japan), teenage, gender, police, celebrity stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Radio DJs, sieges, broadcasting, corporate takeovers, police operations, hostage negotiation, crisis management, ego, betrayal, prejudice, bomb disposal, launch parties, insecurity, awkward behaviour, humiliation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Job loss. Deceased wives, estranged children, estranged mother discussed. Cancer, assisted suicide, bed-wetting, night terrors, panic attacks, divorce mentioned. Fear of car washes discussed. Birds, seagulls, dog (photo). Toilets, septic tank, spitting, snot. Vomiting, bile, faeces mentioned. Also known as Alan Partridge: The Movie.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Hilarious, knowing, satirical, purely British, fresh. Memorable one-liners, cringe-worthy comedy, promising start. Partridge character transitions well to big screen. Smooth editing, impressive direction, well-paced.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Unfunny, stretched, tedious, shallow, unexciting, unoriginal, underwhelming, cheap, drab. Misplaced humour, slender plot, blathers toward end, disappointing finale.

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