Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.
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
When Pauline hands David Brent his farewell card he almost reveals what was bought as a leaving present for Pete Gibbons. A reference to S1 Ep6 of The Office See more »
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 »
The Office was genius, it perfectly developed and concluded the character in 2 seasons and the specials. My personal favourite was Extras, a spot on, brilliantly funny and original follow up to The Office. Ever since then it's been down hill, Life's too Short was a boring rehash of using celebrities parodying themselves again, Derek was largely rubbish, and now this.
I sat straight faced throughout the whole thing which made me very sad as I genuinely love Ricky Gervais, but this is pretty awful, maybe as bad as Special Correspondents. Brent is no longer the character he was in The Office, he is a level of sad sack that is too unbelievable to be true, he is too unaware to be true and so it's just not funny at all.
Brent in The Office was believable, he also showed a humanity that made the writing so much better (Merchant and Gervais may work better as a team, although Life's too short is an example where it does't work.) he was someone who had flaws that were observational in the sense that anyone who has worked in an Office may have seen an amalgam of those characteristics in people they worked with. In this movie that has gone, in its place, poor cringe inducing moments that were not in the same class, terrible songs that no self aware human would actually write and sadly, a complete lack of laughs.
Ultimately it's a bit like a kid who said one funny thing, and because everyone laughed kept saying it until no one found it funny anymore. We've seen it all before and it was way funnier then.
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