FILM REVIEW: DAVID BRENT – LIFE ON THE ROAD (15)

This feature length movie dedicated to Ricky Gervais’ iconic character is surprisingly inconsistent fare – ultimately saved by half a dozen stand-out comedic moments.

The camera crew that helped make David Brent a minor celebrity in the early ‘noughties’ with the hit BBC series documentary The Office are shadowing the now stationery supplies salesman – as he tries to make it as a rock star.


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In the film’s weaker moments it looks like Gervais’ character’s trademark characteristics are ‘dragged out’ – leading to a touch of Brent fatigue intermittently through the duration – as the premise is padded to the max, but if you’re a fan of the delusional wannabe rocker it will just about satisfy.

Despite some of the ‘near the knuckle’ jokes – see much talked about racism joke using the ‘n-word’ – the movie is saved by a handful of eye-watering belly-laughs, usually seen with Brent’s lyrics to his self-penned songs.

But those few sequences aside, it does have a slight lack of ingenuity from the controversial regular Golden Globe awards host, and doesn’t stand out in the same way as Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge did in Alpha Papa three years ago.

Fortunately when the laughs do arrive though, they’re bordering on comedy ‘gold’.

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Cast: Rickey Gervais, Ben Bailey Johnson, Tom Basden, Jo Hartley, Tom Bennett, Andy Burrows, Steve Clarke, Michael Clarke, Stuart Wilkinson, Andrew Brooke, Rebecca Gethings, Mandeep Dhillon, Nina Sosanya, Kevin Bishop & Peter Andre

Running Time: 1 Hr 36 Mins

Director: Ricky Gervais

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