David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) Saturday, 21 September 2019

David Brent: Life on the Road (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    That's Brentertainment.

  • Starring:

    Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Tom Basden, Tom Bennett, Andy Burrows, Steve Clarke, Michael Clarke, Stuart Wilkinson, Diane Morgan

  • Directed by:

    Ricky Gervais

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A woman is accidentally hit in the face with an object. A man falls over. Mates playfight (pretending to punch one another). A man shouts at a co-worker. A woman throws water in a colleague's face. Slaughtered Native Americans, scalping mentioned (song lyrics). Blood/gore: Dead bee. Bloody bandage. Bruised/red face. Tattooing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting, hand-holding. A man leads a woman out of her club (sex implied). A woman says she is getting off with a bloke. Shirtless man, man in bathrobe, cleavage. A man wears a dildo on his nose. Penis-shaped toys. Obscene hand gestures. Boxes of sanitary products, loose tampons seen. Frequent innuendo/allusions to sex, ejaculation, dating, genitals, breasts. Coming on to a married man, sexist jokes, jailed for sexual assault, pervert, rape, prostitution mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (a man wears a t-shirt with a marijuana leaf print). Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine, spirits). Bar, club settings. Intoxication. Smoking. Painkillers, Prozac, drugs raid, marijuana, weed, gambling mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-word, f-words, s-words, n-word, a-word, b*tch, bollocks. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Jokes about weight, race, culture, Native Americans, Chinese people, gender, homosexuality, colour, disability, AIDS, rape, violence against women. Obscene hand gestures. Religious references and exclamations (Oh God, Christ).

  • THEMES:

    David Brent, infamy, salespeople, failure, reality television, unfulfilled dreams, inappropriate behaviour, office politics, desperation, mental illness, rapping, live performance, wanting to be liked, ambition, success, inadequacy, tossers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Bar, club settings. Dead bee. Fainting, tattooing. Bare soles of feet seen.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Entertaining, fan-pleasing. Sporadically amusing, some laugh-out-loud moments, the David Brent character is still sharply realised, some excellent comic songs, diehard/loyal fans will enjoy.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Excrutiating, meandering, trying, disappointing, self-indulgent, patchy, uneven, bad, small, shabby, outdated. Too many spiteful/nasty/unfunny/crass/eye-rolling/un-PC moments, artificial sentimentality, tired execution, weak gags, lazy ending.

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