WALK LIKE A PANTHER Cert 12A Running time 108 minutes Stars 2

Grapple as long as you want with this wrestling based British comedy, but you’ll struggle to pin down any laughs among the amiable goings on.

A Yorkshire community must rally around to save the local boozer from closure by the villainous brewery boss, a pantomime Stephen Tompkinson.

So to raise the cash and inspired by the internet, pub landlord Stephen Graham and his OAP regulars reform the Panthers, the professional wrestling team of their long ago prime.

Full of nostalgia the exploits of Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks, this aims to be a feelgood crowd pleaser such as the far superior The Full Monty or Brassed Off.

It’s a celebration of two inextricably linked British institutions, the local boozer and has-been sportsmen. And it feels very familiar as if it’s a feature length episode of a not great TV show such as The Last Of The Summer Wine. But on steroids, and not in a good way.

It’s always great to see actors such as Stephen Graham, Julian Sands, Jill Halfpenny and Sue Johnston on screen. And there’s no doubt they’re having a great time and the film’s heart is in the right place.

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