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Life's Too Short 2011

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The entire first series of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's mockumentary comedy following the life of dwarf actor Warwick Davis. Faced with mounting tax bills and a soon-to-come divorce settlement, Warwick chooses to resurrect his failing career by inviting the cameras in to record every aspect of his life - whatever that might throw up. Guests appearing include Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Steve Carell and Liam Neeson.

Starring:
Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 55 minutes
Starring Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Sting, Johnny Depp, Shaun Williamson, Liam Neeson, Stephen Merchant, Rosamund Hanson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Helena Bonham Carter, Cat Deeley, Les Dennis, Warwick Davis, Jo Enright
Director Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 21 November 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 55 minutes
Starring Steve Carell, Ricky Gervais, Sting, Johnny Depp, Shaun Williamson, Liam Neeson, Stephen Merchant, Rosamund Hanson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Helena Bonham Carter, Cat Deeley, Les Dennis, Warwick Davis, Jo Enright
Director Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 21 November 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cathy A. on 16 Nov. 2012
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As a fan of The Office and Extras, I knew that I would be watching Life's Too Short on DVD. Going into it I expected that it would not venture far from Ricky Gervais's tried and true formula, which it doesn't, but I found Warwick Davis very refreshing. I love that he, a bona fide actor, embraces this character completely and is not shy about physical humor, which I love, and his facial expressions are priceless. You really begin to empathize with the world he lives in, but the whole comedy is not based on his stature, thankfully. He is able to draw in the audience in a way that Andy Millman did not, and keeps you teetering on, "Is he a jerk, or a nice guy surrounded by idiots?"
My favorite episode in this series is the one with Johnny Depp, a MUST SEE for JD fans. I love that Shaun Williamson is back, but his potential is sorely underutilized. Les Dennis and Keith Chegwin are a welcome sight, but their appearances are rather stiff and unnatural. The woman playing he receptionist really gets on my nerves, but that's part of the plan. People who complain that Gervais and Merchant have made the same series three times can't see the delicious irony of the play within a play, when actors are acting as actors... it can get confusing, but is great fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 July 2014
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Amazing , ive watched this over and over again and it makes me laugh every time .
put this on when your feeling down its sure to lift your spirits
some very clever moments in here , so funny and the looks on waricks face at times are brilliant
so enjoyed this .would recomend this great value for money,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 27 Nov. 2013
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Because the BBC kept shifting schedules on this I only ever caught it a couple of times when it was shown on TV. So glad I bought the DVD to watch it in full because it is laugh aloud funny in places. I have watched the Liam Neeson bit about ten times and tears rolled down my face every time. In the same vein as The Office, it will have you squirming and watching through your fingers in embarrassment. Warwick Davis is fantastic.
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By Lou79 on 8 April 2013
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I like most of what Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have done, but this seemed a bit lazy compared to some of the writing in The Office or Extras. For a start, Warwick's character doesn't seem to be the same from one scene to the next - one minute he's a put-upon, likeable type of person who encounters inexplicable hostility from everyone around him, and the next, he's a complete jerk with seemingly no self-awareness.
At the time of transmission, some people defended the broader elements of comedy in Life's Too Short (by which I mean, the parts where the humour is derived almost exclusively from Warwick's height) by saying that it was OK because he had obviously gone along with it. I'm not sure that's an excuse for getting cheap laughs out of a "little person" trying to retrieve something from a high shelf by climbing up it, while his wife looks on stony-faced.
I did laugh at some parts, though, mostly the ones involving Rosamund Hanson's character. She is absolutely brilliant at playing dim!
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By CP on 16 April 2015
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Very good comedy and Warwick Davis is brilliant. if you like The Office and Extras then you will definitely enjoy Life’s Too Short, although they are so similar you may find yourself making comparisons, Warwick’s character is basically another version of David Brent and there are so many similarities, which isn’t necessary a bad thing. I do think though I would have enjoyed it even more had I never seen The Office and Extras as the humour would be so fresh.

There are some hilarious scenes acted out brilliantly by all the actors, certain scenes still had me still laughing for ages afterwards - when Warwick and his accountant are in a nightclub and they try to chat up two girls - when he goes on a second date with someone he met through an agency and then tries to catch the attention of another woman in front of his date, and I really loved Liam Neeson’s scene.

I would definitely recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micro-Muffin on 28 May 2014
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Starring Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and massively famous celebrity guests like Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Sting, Right said Fred, Kat Dealy, Ralph Harris and more!! Hilariously funny and contains all 7 episodes that are approx. 21 minutes long. cheers bye!! :)
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By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2015
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quite simply, this is perfect, funny as fxxk, tragic and brilliant, hell its the gervais way, he writes this with merchant and its flawless, it could be better than the office, extras, hell even derek but i wont state that just yet until i watch this over and over again but it has blown me away. Warwick davis is brilliant here, playing a loser version of himself who has ideas above his current station and he is a real flop in life now and he is comedy gold, we even get barry from eastenders, keith chegwin, les dennis, the supporting cast is great, everyone excels. This is funny stuff, like really, i had tears from laughing and i havent said that in years , its a world class thing and i want more. i need it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Evans on 7 July 2014
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Absolutely brilliantly written and cringingly hilarious. If you liked the office and extras this is a must.
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