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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.

Director:

Ricky Gervais

Writer:

Ricky Gervais

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Finch
Eric Bana ... Frank
Vera Farmiga ... Eleanor
Kelly Macdonald ... Claire
Kevin Pollak ... Mallard
America Ferrera ... Brigida
Raúl Castillo ... Domingo
Benjamin Bratt ... Baker
Kim Ramirez ... Brenda
Jim Norton ... Rent Boy #1
Bob Banks Bob Banks ... Crime Scene Officer
Jonathan Langdon ... Bellboy
Glen Grant Glen Grant ... Perry
Duane Murray ... Sacha
Ryan F. Hughes Ryan F. Hughes ... Barman
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fake news. Real disaster.

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hírhajhászok See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the 24h News anchorwoman is first reporting about the fictitious Ecuatiorian rebel leader, after the scene with the Secretary of State, the news coverage of police officers fighting rebels behind her is actually archive footage of the 2014 Mexico City riots of against president Peña Nieto's administration. The protest erupted after the forced disappearance of 43 students in the small town of Iguala, Guerrero state. See more »

Goofs

The Equadorians all speak to each other in English despite their native tongue being Spanish. See more »

Quotes

Ian Finch: That's funny, I'm playing a game called Rebel Coup. Eleanor thinks it's childish, a grown man playing games.
[sighs]
Ian Finch: I should've paid her more attention. But then would I have achieved such a high score? Who knows?
[Shrugs]
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"Trailer Puppy .... Charlie" See more »


Soundtracks

Good Times
Written by Nile Rodgers (as Nile Rogers) / Bernard Edwards
Performed by Chic
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC / Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd.
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Rubbish
29 April 2016 | by rkRustySee all my reviews

As the great philosopher Karl Pilkington once said, "When anything's done quickly, it tends to be sort of s**t."

The script for this could've been done in half an hour. Either Gervais' writing ability has waned as his fame has grown, or has been hampered by the constraints of writing for film. His TV series' have been uniquely excellent; character-driven comedies occasionally punctuated by bursts of emotion. His full-length feature films however have been mediocre at best; Ghost Town had none of his irreverent wit, The Invention of Lying was just a rehash of the same ideas as his first film, and now Special Correspondents feels like the work of someone who has made too much money to care. This is a man who had the restraint to end one of Britain's greatest and most popular sitcoms and forgo a boatload of cash because he feared it would tarnish its quality. Instead he churns out this.

Clichéd characters, predictable plot, very little comedy - the entire film rides on Gervais' previous successes. Take him out of the equation and you are left with a bargain bin film with a "not quite A-List but close enough to put them on the box art" supporting cast and a story that seems to have been forcibly reworked for Hollywood by the 'men upstairs' to make as much money and appeal to as broad a range of people as possible.

Predictable, forgettable cash-grab, laden with all the tropes of a poor Hollywood comedy that an earlier Gervais would've loathed. Don't waste your time.


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