David Brent: Life on the Road sees the return that no-one asked for, for Ricky Gervais’ character from The Office, a comedy which was funny back in the day but given that the billing states: “A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British series, The Office as he now fancies himself a rockstar on the road”, this is exactly the same ‘plot’ as the 2003 two-part Christmas special, where he was trying to make an assault on the chars and failing badly. You know he won’t succeed here.
The poster even copies the line he spoke back in the day – “I’m a friend first, boss second. Probably an entertainer third.” Couldn’t he come up with a new line? He’s dangerously heading into Peter Kay territory for lazily repeating old jokes and somehow getting mileage out of it.
Gervais has also become one of those lazy Twitter users who will retweet any old achingly unfunny bollocks and then sit back while his sheep followers retweet it further.
He apparently wrote and direct it himself, with no sign of Stephen Merchant on board, nor are any of the rest of the original lot. However, there is Mandeep Dhillon, Rebecca Gethings, Doc Brown and Olivia Quinn.
David Brent: Life on the Road is released in the UK on August 19th.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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