[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…
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…
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.
A disaster in all possible levels.
Si algo debo darle crédito a Ricky Gervais es que sabe hacer dramas ligeros.
Tiene un soundtrack bien chulo y chistes recurrentes.
The most non-Gervaisian Ricky Gervais project in memory, Cemetery Junction is possibly his best work, as he takes a back seat and allows others to do the heavy lifting, both experienced, like Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson, and inexperienced, like newcomers Tom Hughes and Christian Cooke. In the lead, Cooke does a terrific job in his understanding of the era and the environment, while Hughes portrays a jack the lad with a twist, as he is destined to become the failure that his dad is. As well as being a coming of age film, it is full of dread, but overcomes it to become a feel-good delight, easily passing the sixth laugh test, mainly from Gervais' improvised one-liners, the best…
Solid Ricky Gervais comedy.
It has its drawbacks, but as a microcosm of that age where you're struggling with direction it's perfect. The sun-soaked Britain is surprisingly authentic.
Γλυκόπικρη αγγλική ταινία ενηλικίωσης με τους τρεις 20ρηδες φίλους πρωταγωνιστές να κωλοβαράνε σε μια κουκίδα στο χάρτη, της επαρχίας των 70s, έχοντας ο καθένας τα προβλήματα και τα όνειρα του.Σε σενάριο- σκηνοθεσία από τους Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant ξέρεις περίπου σε τι ύφος θα κινηθεί η ταινία. Μερικοί διάλογοι και χαρακτήρες έχουν τρελή πλάκα.Οι αναμενόμενες δραματικές πινελιές, κατώτερες των κωμικών.Φοβερό soundtrack με David Bowie,Led Zeppelin,Elton John και μια απίθανα cult ζωντανή εκτέλεση του Cum on feel the noize των Slade από τον έναν εκ των πρωταγωνιστών.Σούπερ ονόματα σε β ρόλους(Ralph Fiennes,Mathew Goode,Emily Watson). A hidden gem που λένε και οι Άγγλοι.
You can see the ending coming from a mile off, but it's still surprisingly lovely. If you've ever had ambitions or lived in a terrible town, you'll see something of yourself in the characters. And isn't one of the most important things about film it's relatability?
Gervais and Merchant continue to surprise. There is some good proper drama in this story of youths maturing the hard way in 1970s Britain. There is also, of course, loads of mordant (if nasty) humour. Tom Hughes is a stand-out in a supporting role, but lead Christian Cooke doesn't seem sufficiently commanding. Gervais seems to have fun in smallish role, and Stephen Merchant does the obligatory funny cameo.
2010 really was an incredible year for film. Damn just look at some of the releases:
Inception, Black Swan, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, Winter's Bone, The Fighter, Up in the Air, Shutter Island, The Kids are Alright, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Four Lions, The King's Speech, Exit Through the Gift Shop, A Single Man, How To Train Your Dragon, A Prophet...
And yet, buried away in all that glory lies Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant's teeny, tiny comedy-drama Cemetery Junction - a film which I missed and have been meaning to see since - and one which might now be included in my list of favourite films ever.
This is unequivocally the finest work the duo have produced…
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