Misbehaviour (film)

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Misbehaviour poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhilippa Lowthorpe
Screenplay by
Story byRebecca Frayn
Produced by
  • Suzanne Mackie
  • Sarah-Jane Wheale
CinematographyZac Nicholson
Edited byÚna Ní Dhonghaíle
Music byDickon Hinchliffe[1]
Distributed by20th Century Fox[3]
Release date
  • 13 March 2020 (2020-03-13)
Running time
106 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$2 million[4][5]

Misbehaviour is a 2020 British comedy-drama film directed by Philippa Lowthorpe, from a screenplay by Gaby Chiappe and Rebecca Frayn, from a story by Frayn. The film stars Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Manville, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear.

Misbehaviour was released in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020 by Pathé's distribution partner 20th Century Fox. It is the final film from Pathé UK to be released under the 20th Century Fox name.


The 1970 Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by the American comedian Bob Hope. At that time Miss World was the most-watched TV show in the world with over 100 million viewers. Arguing that beauty competitions objectify women, the newly formed women's liberation movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. When the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the second (after Carole Crawford of Jamaica) black woman to be crowned Miss World.



The film was announced in October 2018, with Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Jessie Buckley set to star. Philippa Lowthorpe was set to direct.[6] In November 2018, Lesley Manville, Greg Kinnear, Keeley Hawes, Rhys Ifans and Phyllis Logan had joined the cast of the film.[7] In September 2018 Collet Collins joined the cast, and in January 2019 Suki Waterhouse and Clara Rosager joined.[8][9]


Principal photography began in November 2018. Filming in the Crofton Park area of Lewisham in southeast London occurred in early January 2019.[10]


The film was released in the United Kingdom on 13 March 2020.[11] Shout Studios was named as the distributor in the United States.[12] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film's theatrical release was cut short, and the film was released early to video on demand in the United Kingdom on 15 April.[13]

The movie was released on DVD in the United Kingdom by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on 7 September 2020.[14] As of 2021, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment was re-printing under licence from Pathé.[citation needed]

The film was inspired by an edition of the BBC Radio 4 series The Reunion, broadcast in September 2010.[citation needed]


Box office[edit]

Misbehaviour grossed £347,643 in its opening weekend in the United Kingdom[15] and a total of £455,088[16] ($590,000) locally and $2,024,073 worldwide.[4]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 85% based on reviews from 95 critics, with an average rating of 6.7/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Misbehaviour's overall arc will be familiar to fans of feelgood British cinema – and so will the way it triumphs over formula to tell a thoroughly crowd-pleasing story."[17] On Metacritic, it has a score of 62, based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews."[18]

Richard Roeper wrote, "Following the playbook of 'The Full Monty,' 'Calendar Girls,' 'Military Wives,' et al., 'Misbehaviour' achieves just the right mix of farcical humor, dry wit and the obligatory dramatic moments when the light banter and sight gags give way to Poignant Confrontations reminding us there are serious undertones to this breezy romp."[19]

Sheila O'Malley of RogerEbert.com of the film gave a mixed review. Though O'Malley praised screenwriters Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe for focusing on the intersecting stories of both the protesters and pageant competitors, she noted "it's treated as a given that pageants are sexist and gross, [yet] the scenes of pageant rehearsals plus the camaraderie of the contestants tells a different story. The separate storyline structure runs into trouble because these ideas don't have a chance to develop or take root."[20]


  1. ^ "Dickon Hinchliffe Scoring Philippa Lowthorpe's 'Misbehaviour' | Film Music Reporter". Film Music Reporter. 5 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. ^ Felperin, Leslie (10 March 2020). "'Misbehaviour': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ "Misbehaviour: Synopsis". Empire Cinemas. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Misbehaviour (2020)". The Numbers. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Misbehaviour (2020)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (17 October 2018). "Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Jessie Buckley To Star In Miss World Film 'Misbehaviour' For Left Bank & Pathé – AFM". Deadline Hollywood.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (26 November 2018). "'Misbehaviour': Greg Kinnear & Lesley Manville To Play Bob & Dolores Hope In Keira Knightley Miss World Movie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (8 January 2019). "Suki Waterhouse To Play Miss USA In Keira Knightley-Fronted Miss World Movie 'Misbehaviour'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (9 January 2019). "Scandi Actress Clara Rosager To Play Miss Sweden In Keira Knightley Pageant Protest Movie 'Misbehaviour'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  10. ^ Parfitt, Orlando (26 November 2018). "Lesley Manville, Greg Kinnear, Keeley Hawes join Pathé, Left Bank project 'Misbehaviour'". Screen International. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  11. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (19 December 2019). "'Misbehaviour' Trailer: Keira Knightley & Gugu Mbatha-Raw Star In Comedy-Drama About 1970 Miss World Comp". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  12. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (16 March 2020). "Shout! Studios Lands Pageant Drama 'Misbehaviour' Starring Keira Knightley & Gugu Mbatha-Raw". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  13. ^ Grater, Tom (6 April 2020). "Keira Knightley Starrer 'Misbehaviour' – UK & Ireland Film Releases Heading Online Early Due To Coronavirus Disruption". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  14. ^ Brew, Simon (17 July 2020). "Misbehaviour finally heading to DVD in September". Film Stories. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  15. ^ "United Kingdom Weekend Box Office 13th March 2020 - 15th March 2020". 25th Frame. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  16. ^ "FDA Yearbook 2021". Film Distributors Association. p. 36. Retrieved 16 August 2022.
  17. ^ "Misbehaviour (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 10 October 2021.
  18. ^ "Misbehaviour". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  19. ^ Roeper, Richard (23 September 2020). "'Misbehaviour': Feminists crash the pageant in a cheeky British period piece". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 23 September 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2022.
  20. ^ O'Malley, Sheila (25 September 2020). "Misbehaviour movie review & film summary (2020) | Roger Ebert". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 1 July 2022.

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