- Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
- Region: All Regions
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- ASIN: B005VBMS1W
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Playing out against the charming, retro backdrop of Reading during the 1970s, CEMETERY JUNCTION (a nod to the stretch of road of the same name) focuses on a small group of colourful characters that work for an insurance company. This heart-warming coming-of-age tale revolves around Freddie (Christian Cooke), a young and ambitious twenty-something who wants to elevate himself from a fate of suburban mediocrity. Unlike his friends, womanizer Bruce (Tom Hughes) and geeky Snork (Jack Doolan), who actually feel at ease in their lives made of weekend booze binges and one-night stands, Freddie wants to emancipate from his working class condition. The first step towards this goal is to get a job at an insurance company, whose owner is none other than the father of his long-lost teenage sweetheart. Once a white collar though, Bruce will have to come to terms with the bitterness and utter unpredictability of real life. Written, directed and produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the film marks the duo's first collaboration for the big screen and features a cast that includes also the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson and Gervais himself.
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You can pick any film to pieces and accuse it of not being 100% true-to-life. However, if you watch the DVD special features, you'll see that this is quite intentional, and that it's meant to be a representation rather than a documentary-type portrayal (though it's still far more true-to-life than most films).
Part of the reason for it being slated is likely that it's being unfairly compared with 'The Office' and 'Extras', and even with Gervais's stand-up comedy. However, it's clearly not meant to be in the same mould, and the humour is altogether more subtle and understated, though still of the same insightful brilliance.
If you're expecting obvious Gervais/Merchant comedy of the type that we all know and love, you might be disappointed. But think instead of a feel-good rock 'n' roll Brit flick with a dark comic edge - some kind of a wonderful cross between 'Starter for 10' and the genius that is 'Withnail and I' - and you won't go far wrong.
The soundtrack is pretty damn good, too, and any film featuring a shot of Karl Pilkington sporting a moustache and big sideburns, and looking more perplexed than he usually does, can't be all bad!
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