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Special Correspondents (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.







Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bob Banks ...
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Glen Grant ...
Ryan F. Hughes ...


A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.

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Fake news. Real disaster.




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29 April 2016 (USA)  »

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Hírhajhászok  »

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The Aircraft Frank and Finch return home from Ecuador IN shows the registration number AS being simply "GSTG". In actuality, this Bombardier Challenger 605 has the Canadian registration number of "C-GSTG", the Canadian International code prefix of "C-" having been OBVIOUSLY whited out. Had this been an Ecuadorian civil aircraft, it would have an "HC-" prefix, and thus would have been "HC-GSTG". See more »


Ian Finch: Can I get a skim milk latte.
Claire Maddox: You on a diet?
Ian Finch: A bit, yeah. I had a medical, and apparently I'm 25% fat.
Claire Maddox: Is that bad?
Ian Finch: Yeah, it's more than some snacks.
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Remake of Envoyés très spéciaux (2009) See more »


Ace of Spades
Written by Fast Eddie Clarke (as Edward Alan Clarke), Lemmy (as Ian Kilmister) / Philip John Taylor
Performed by Motörhead
Published by Motor Music Ltd. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company
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Can you spare a penny for a hero?
25 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana star in "Special Correspondents" a comedy from 2016.

Bana plays Frank, a narcissistic radio journalist considered excellent, though he's often in trouble with his boss for getting into murder sites by stating he's the police, etc. His technician is Ian Finch (Gervais), whose wife, Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) has just left him after sleeping with Frank, though he didn't know she was Ian's wife, and Ian doesn't know about it. Ian is totally devastated over her leaving him and is writing letters to his wife the size of novels.

When Frank is told to go to Ecuador and cover an uprising, he talks Ian into going with him. Unfortunately, Ian threw out some stuff before leaving, which included the passports and some other important papers. This means they are stuck in New York.

They head to the home of Ian's friends, Brigida and Domingo (America Ferrara and Raul Castillo) where Ian is staying. The pair is well- meaning but not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Ian decides to pretend they are in Ecuador with sound effects and people yelling in Spanish as Frank broadcasts. It becomes somewhat complicated when they are told to go to the American Embassy. That's impossible, so they decide on something else.

Meanwhile Eleanor is hard at work in the United States.

It is very hard for me to like today's comedies because to me, they're dumbed down with stupid characters, plots, and vulgar jokes.

I loved this comedy, and I think Gervais did a fantastic job writing the script. I had never seen Eric Bana do comedy and he was excellent. Vera Farmiga had the most fun role and she milked it for all it was worth. America Ferrara and Raul Castillo are deliberately exaggerated characters, and they both handled their roles well.

And as the sad sack Ian, Gervais is great and has wonderful chemistry with Bana.

Enjoyable and as the rest of the people who liked it said, don't pay attention to the reviews, just watch it and have a good time.

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