Bullseyes: ④ (out of 5)
Like kids and their kid movies I pretty much love anything Steve Coogan ever puts out, even before I’ve seen it, and Philomena was no exception. Despite the seriousness of the subject matter (Evil nuns! Bad Catholics! Boo!) Coogan injects his dry wit everywhere, the British class system being a common comic source:
- Judy Dench opens a packet of Tunes (cough sweets) and offers one to Coogan (Coogan: ‘A Tune? You hum it and I’ll sing it!’)
- Dench tells everyone she meets, ‘you’re one in a million’. Coogan: ‘That’s statistically impossible!’
But, Philomena is more than just an odd couple road trip yarn, no wait – it isn’t. But whatever, it is sweet, it’s Steve Coogan and it should definitely win an Oscar (Go Steve!).