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2.0 out of 5 stars A much needed if predictable lift to the tedium that preceded it, 14 Dec 2011
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This review is from: The Office - The Christmas Specials [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
It's difficult to review this as a comedy given its realistic portrayal of life in an office - with only the Brent character slightly exaggerated (sadly, there really are bosses just like him, and worse).

The central character is undoubtedly a brilliant and keenly observed performance by Gervais, but, presumably due to the decision to keep the series short, the other characters are somewhat one-dimensional (and the 'love interest' between Dawn and Tim is barely believable - unless she really does have a thing for losers).

You're more likely to wince or cringe than laugh watching the UK version and given that it's categorised as 'comedy' is the main reason that I've given a lower rating than I might have otherwise given.

Brilliantly observed but just not funny, and you're unlikely to want to watch it more than once.

If on the other hand you would prefer to have a good laugh, and with a far superior cast, get the US version instead/as well as.

Currently trying NOT to watch the box set of series 1-5 for a third time, but having no problem NOT re-watching the original.

(One of my favourite characters is Dwight Shrute (Gareth in the UK version). He's a kind of male version of Sarah Palin - but dumber and crazier. Great performance by Raiin Wilson.)
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Initial post: 31 Dec 2011 18:32:38 GMT
We are all entitled to our opinion, and my opinion of your review is utter tosh.

I might add, this is the UK Office and, as such, I want to read opinions on the UK Office, when I want to read how good or bad the American Office I'll go there. I'm tired of the UK Office vs American Office debate. They are two different shows, and I like both for different reasons.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 22:26:30 GMT
I'm do glad I don't know you. You clearly have a terrible sense of humour.

Posted on 13 Jan 2013 00:02:00 GMT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jan 2013 00:08:52 GMT
Franco says:
"You're more likely to wince or cringe than laugh watching the UK version".

I think you must have the two versions confused. It is the US Office which is contrived, stilted, obvious, cliched, sentimental and therefore cringe worthy and unlaughable.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Feb 2013 22:37:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 3 Feb 2013 22:41:56 GMT
Flora Cake says:
A lot of critically acclaimed british humour falls into the 'understated' category - no slapstick, no catchphrases (well we know how much Gervais hates catchphrases), no gags or jokes as such. This is the comedy of the rather sad, repressed and unsatisfied aspects of peoples lives. The boss desperate to be loved, admired, respected, famous.

As the wincing and cringing inducing is 100% intentional, and part of what Gervais was creating you clearly 'got it' to some extent, but didn't know you were getting it - which is pretty amusing.

Why is Tim a loser? He seems like an average sort of bloke to me.
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