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Phillipa Lowthorpe · UK/France · 2020 · 107 mins · PG
There’s a very British sort of wackiness to this bizarre and farcical true story from the annals of pop culture, told here with charm and fun. It’s the 1970 Miss World contest, which erupted in controversy and feminist protest, winding up with host Bob Hope covered in flour, the BBC covered in embarrassment and the fledgling women’s liberation movement covered in glory
Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley play the two Women’s Liberation Front activists Sally Alexander and Jo Robinson who launched a protest from the audience; Greg Kinnear plays the American comedy legend Hope, whose sense of humour deserted him horribly on the night; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Jennifer Hosten, Miss Grenada, whose dignity and self-belief remained intact. Misbehaviour conveys the unexpected fact that it was the Miss World pageant, for all its absurdity and tackiness, that gave a woman of colour a chance to shine.
Misbehaviour is not a #MeToo film as such, or only indirectly. What it does show is the pioneering protest that was a cornerstone of the women’s liberation project and which was to help make #MeToo possible. Director Philippa Lowthorpe (Call The Midwife) and screenwriters Rebecca Frayn (The Lady) and Gaby Chiappe (Their Finest) keep it light and likable: the story of people who aren’t exactly keeping calm, but carrying on all the same.
“It’s just a great story, you wonder why nobody thought to make a movie before.”—The Irish times
“Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley achieve both laughs and drama.”—Chicago Sun TimesCast Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley
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