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David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British TV series The Office (2001), as he now fancies himself a rock star on the road.

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Ricky Gervais

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Ricky Gervais
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... David Brent
Rob Jarvis ... Client
Abbie Murphy ... Serena Wilson
Mandeep Dhillon ... Karen Parashar
Jo Hartley ... Pauline Gray
Andrew Brooke ... Jerry 'Jezza' Collins
Miles Chapman ... Andy Chapman
Tom Bennett ... Nigel Martin
Rebecca Gethings ... Miriam Clark
Kim Benson Kim Benson ... Office Worker
Alfie Stewart ... Office Worker
Doc Brown ... Dom Johnson (as Ben Bailey Smith)
Tom Basden ... Dan Harvey
Andy Burrows Andy Burrows ... Foregone Conclusion: Drums
Stuart Wilkinson Stuart Wilkinson ... Foregone Conclusion: Guitar
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Storyline

About 13 years on from his appearance in the documentary series The Office, a documentary film crew is once again following the life of David Brent. He is now working as a rep for cleaning goods distributor but still harbours dreams of making it big in the music business. Acting on this, he takes three weeks off work and tours with a new-look version of Foregone Conclusion, the band he was in in the 90s (he's the only remaining original member, for various reasons...). Written by grantss

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The boss is back

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Comedy | Music

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Trivia

The first gig was played at the legendary Camden Barfly which is now closed. Another venue is believed to be the Waterrats in King's Cross and the Electric Ballroom, Camden. See more »

Goofs

When David Brent is doing his Chinese impersonation, his 2 female colleagues are seen watching disapprovingly in the background. However, a matter of seconds later, one of those women is emerging from the office of Miriam, having evidently had a conversation with her, with no time to get there and have a conversation so quickly. See more »

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David Brent: Life's a struggle, with little beautiful surprises that make you wanna carry on through all the shit.
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Connections

References Learn Guitar with David Brent: Lonely Cowboy (2013) See more »

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Freelove Freeway
Written by Ricky Gervais
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Cringeworthy for all the wrong reasons.
20 August 2016 | by davidwmfcSee all my reviews

Precursor: Huge fan of the UK Office, the Gervais, Merchant & Pilkington radio shows and Podcasts, and Extras.

Life on the Road is a tread through the same old water that does nothing with the David Brent character except make him more unbelievable. The brilliance and innovation of The Office came from the characters being true to life, and carefully written. Without Stephen Merchant Ricky Gervais is exposed as an awful writer. Like Derek, this suffers from painfully clumsy dialogue, each character having to spell out their feelings as if keeping a diary. The "mockumentary" format is now well and truly a dead horse. Gervais has steered the comedy formula he popularised into a brick wall.

The characters are all regurgitated. There's a new Gareth, a new Finchy, a new Dawn. The pacing of the film is awful and the whole second half is cobbled into one rushed mess of an ending.

The concept isn't so terrible on paper. Brent's band, Forgone Conclusion, are a recognisable characteristic of every backwater British town, the group of ageing, leather jacket clad rock and rollers who can't let go, and want to give it one last push to "make it in the music biz". The problem is this shtick isn't enough to carry the film, and the fuddy duddy rock lyrics are a joke that wears thin. To combat this, Brent inexplicably writes songs like "Be Nice to the Disabled(s)", and the character is uncompromisingly steered into social calamity.

Another problem with Gervais' sledgehammer approach to subtle writing is that the characters intended to come off as "cool" (Doc Brown's rapper character, the label reps) feel incredibly corny, while those intended to come off as corny come across as something far worse.

We have little time to get to know or care about anyone in Brent's new office, these scenes are forgettable and do little other than trying to re-hash the TV series. Fans of the old XFM shows will notice a welcome return of Ho-Lee Fook, the little funny Chinese fella, in one of the funnier scenes in the film. There's not much else to get your teeth into: it's a pointless film. If Gervais and Merchant actually put their heads together and wrote something original, they'd be dangerous. As it is, like Derek, Life's Too Short and Hello Ladies, this is a tired vanity project with no purpose, no insight, and no imagination.


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