[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Be Young. Be Free. Be Somebody.
In 1970s England, three friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. Freddie wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce and lovable loser Snork are happy with life the way it is. When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie, the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives forever.
"Why does Noddy have a bell on his hat?
Because he's a cunt".
If you look really closely at Ricky Gervais you'll spot a couple of shoes sticking out of his trousers. That's because he's so far up his own arse only his tootsies are still showing. This guy just loves himself which is one of the reasons I've always hated him. That said this Gervais and Stephen Merchant scripted film was something of a surprise to me. For once he isn't the center of attention and that may be the saving grace of this film, he lets these young actors shine with a well written, nostalgia filled script with some truly great one-liners. Set in Cemetery Junction, a suburb…
I never tire of this. Possibly the best thing Gervais and Merchant have done, capitalising on the tragicomic devices they honed during The Office and Extras on television, and yet it's probably the most underappreciated thing they've done too.
A British coming of age comedy drama set in 1973, the film may have the quintessential air of England in its look (with one of the best evocations of that decade on film in recent memory - including The Damned United - because it knows that the 70s in a small town was still technically the 50s and 60s) its humour, and in providing a solid homage to the kitchen sink dramas of the previous decade from which this is set,…
This little gem takes us back to 1973, to a small English village - the kind of village people tend to run away from because of the lack of progress, the lack of life and the lack of a good job. It stars Tom Hughes, Ricky Gervais, Christian Cooke, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Felicity Jones and Ralph Fiennes.
The film reminded me of River's Edge or all those those other films about people being stuck in a town for life without experiencing life elsewhere. There's just one difference. Cemetery Junction is part comedy, part drama. It enables the director to show the good (played by Tom Hughes and Felicity Jones), the Bad (played by Christian Cooke) and the Ugly (played…
It's strange to say that I'm a fan of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, because when I come to think of it, I've not seen very much of their work. I've seen a few episodes of The Ricky Gervais Show, and I love the film Ghost Town, but I've never seen any episodes of The Office or Extras. Other than that, I haven't seen very much.
Cemetery Junction marks their first foray into feature film writing and directing together (Gervais previously co-wrote and directed the underwhelming The Invention of Lying).
Set in 1973 in a small village in Reading, it tells the story of three friends - Freddie, Bruce and Snork. Freddie aims to break out of this working-class world…
A 1970s-set comedy centered on three friends in a dreary suburb of Reading and the idea of breaking away from there, Directors Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant bring together a fine cast: Ralph Fiennes, Matthew Goode & Julia Davis to name but a few...its the three main leads that really make this film a joy to watch - Tom Hughes, Christian Cooke and Jack Doolan. A fantastic gem of a film.
Much as I am a big fan of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant as writers, their edgy, at times controversial comedy has always been tinged with an element of sentimentality - be it the Tim/Dawn romance in The Office, the rich/poor polemic at the end of Extras and indeed Gervais' new vehicle Derek looks covered in it. Cemetery Junction is these two comics getting old - not stale, rather yearning to tell on this evidence a much more middle of the road, halcyon days tale of youth and dreams you can tell fuses elements of both their childhoods.
Trouble is, that soft touch and sentiment weighs down on the well-worn story we're given here - right from the moment you…
Cemetery Junction is very well acted but is perhaps a little too standard and ordinary for what you might expect to come out of the Gervais/Merchant paring. I feel I appreciated it more knowing a lot about Ricky's upbringing and early life as I saw a lot of this inspiring both the plot and the comedy.
It's by no means a poor film, and I enjoyed the characters and how sincere it all is. I just wouldn't point to it as an example of why I love the work of Gervais and Merchant, both solo and collaborative.
For a film written and directed by Ricky Gervais, "Cemetery Junction" is a rather straightforward coming-of-age drama, rather than the stocky, bland comedies we are used to from Gervais. Christian Cooke leads the tale of a young man becoming an employee for an insurance company, run by the brilliant Ralph Fiennes, rather than working the factories like everyone around him. In his pursuit for the "dream", he comes across the always gorgeous Felicity Jones, who steals every scene she's apart of. Unable to escape his home life and unable reach his unattainable goals, the conclusion of the film brings shades of "The Graduate".
The only good thing Ricky Gervais has made since 2007.
It's all a perfectly fine coming-of-age story with some great lines that could only come from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. However, i couldn't bring myself to care at all about the romance or the Bruce character. There is a great scene where Gervais keeps getting angry that his mom thinks that he'll die before her that makes the movie worth watching. [B-]
Nice little coming of age drama that is at its best when it embraces its sentimentalism. Too much of the humour revolved around gay-jokes which while perfectly authentic and within context just feel a bit stale in this day and age.
This is an unexpected coming of age dramedy from Ricky Gervais (and Stephen Merchant).
While a good movie and well put together, with some hilarious moments it ends up being less than original and something we have seen many times before. It's not a bad thing as this type of tale is an enjoyable one but there is nothing here that really makes the film stand out from the rest.
It does have stellar acting, especially Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson. It's got a cast of very likable young actors and it's got Ricky Gervais in a small and very funny role. It's somewhat predictable and it's last half hour is sentimental, touching and never resorts to schmaltz.
Charm only goes so far.
Although I'm a fan of Ricky Gervais, I can easily see why many dislike him. His style can be abrasive and arrogant, despite that often being (perhaps) more to do with the characters he portrays than his own nature. And that may be why less people were inclined to check out Cemetery Junction, which is a great shame as it provides a beautiful little snapshot of small town life in 1970s Britain. Gervais gives himself a supporting role but the film is more concerned with the youngsters (portrayed by Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan, and Felicity Jones) and the options available to them when they don't want to turn out exactly like parents they view as almost ghosts.
While this is certainly much more mature work than Ricky Gervais's high concept "Invention of Lying", you find yourself comparing it unfavourably to the suburban comedies of Mike Leigh. And unbelievably for a story about young men coming of age, it's a film more chaste than the Twilight series. There's some nice work from Emily Watson and the incomparable Julia Davis in minor roles but the main stories feel underdone and lacking in emotional heft. When you consider Gervais gave us the great slow burn Tim and Dawn love story in 'The Office', you've got to wonder if the big screen is really the best place for his work.
Recommendations very welcome!