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Film Review: ‘David Brent: Life on the Road’

10 August 2016 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ricky Gervais’ eternally hopeless sales rep David Brent is back, older if not wiser, and he’s determined to have another bash at rock superstardom. In “David Brent: Life on the Road,” the first cinematic outing for the British comedy icon initially established in beloved BBC TV mockumentary “The Office,” he’s hitching his wagon to infinitely cooler young talent Dom (Doc Brown), a rapper who is everything Brent is not: modest, quietly confident, and great with an audience. It’s a recipe for humor and conflict which, judging by the home-turf success of other recent theatrical transplants of U.K. sitcoms — namely this year’s “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” and “Dad’s Army” — should have no trouble connecting with the original show’s sizable fanbase.

In the 15 years since “The Office” first hit British television screens, the series has spawned seven international versions — including the U.S. behemoth that »

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