We’re uncertain of whether it’s due to redundancies, but Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s film Cemetery Junction will be heading to the dreaded straight-to-DVD rack in the U.S. That’s an indignity usually reserved for the likes of Steven Seagal and Gervais’ Extras character Andy Millman. The film is a surprisingly somber coming-of-age tale set in a dream-killingly small British burg. Not exactly a larff riot, but it might have been interesting to see the comedic duo stretch their wings. Plus, it’s not like The Office didn’t have its share of hanging on in quiet desperation, which is, after all, the English way.
I think I’ll probably pick up the movie once it makes it’s way to stores on Aug. 17, if only to see what happens when Gervais and Merchant get serious. But what I’m really interested in is when we’re going to see a Karl Pilkington movie. Or a documentary about the quest for a boy who can swim faster than a shark. What do you think, PopWatchers? Disappointed that Cemetery Junction won’t be hitting a theater near you? Sad to see it consigned to the straight-to-DVD bin, or is that not necessarily a fate worse than death?