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Pat gets sacked because of Alan, but does not know that Alan played any part in it and, in turn, goes totally berserk. He takes the whole broadcasting station hostage, along with all of the upper crust and white collars who fired him. The whole station is under siege by Pat who goes in and out of his right mind. Partridge wings it all the way with a makes-it-up as you go type of dialogue while Pat is the perfect collision of a complete mess and a brilliant sad man at the same time. He genuinely misses his wife Molly, who passed away and says that "the angels took her" - "There must have been a lot of 'em" is shot right back at him with lightning speed from Alan.
I watched this film two times to get all of the fast-talk, quipping, and each detail of this farcical comedy that for many will be a side-splitter. Alan becomes the brainless, fast talking, dry witted, hilarious, go-between with the police and Pat, during the police storming the building.Read more ›
If you have liked Alan Partridge shows and you don't need your jokes sledgehammered into your face to be funny, this is an outstanding comedy.
In the film, the station where Partridge works is facing serious cutbacks due to a corporate takeover, changing audience tastes, a drop in listenership and bailing advertisers. Though Partridge himself survives the ax, the same cannot be said for his fellow broadcaster, Pat Farrell ("Hell on Wheels' Colm Meaney), who, upon learning of his dismissal, completely flips out, holding his co-workers hostage at gunpoint while the goofy and inept Partridge is sent in by the authorities to help negotiate a peaceful resolution to the crisis.
Maybe with our history of gun violence, we're a trifle more sensitive to this sort of thing here in America than they are in Britain, which may explain why some of the laughs tend to catch in our throats at times, particularly when Farrell is threatening to take out a bunch of his own innocent and understandably distraught colleagues as retaliation for the wrong that's been done to him. That being said, the stylish mix of satire, slapstick, black humor and social commentary that Coogan and his various co-writers have come up keeps us chortling through most of the movie.
Coogan makes Partridge a likable everyman character, bemused and skeptical without being hard-edged and cynical. The supporting cast is engaging as well.
Offbeat and funny.
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Just absolutely hysterical. Not only did he write it but he plays the lead (no surprise here). Either way, I can't watch this enough. Read morePublished 7 months ago by william wryder
Nah....but the movie, The Trip and The Trip to Italy with Coogan....great!Published 8 months ago by Sam Lake
I snapped this up as soon as I figured out this was a retitled version of "Alpha Papa". Prime Coogan, with the funniest toilet gag I've seen all year. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Flakey Foont
Very entertaining movie with some great jokes. Steve Coogan is a funny, likable guy and so enjoyable to watch.Published 11 months ago by vintage