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'Special Correspondents': EW review

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Special Correspondents

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
100 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/29/16
performer:
Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, America Ferrera
director:
Ricky Gervais
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C-

The wit and sharpness that pervade Ricky Gervais’ television work—The Office and Extras in particular—is sadly missing from his latest feature, Special Correspondents (available on Netflix). The film casts Gervais and Eric Bana as radio journalists who bungle a foreign assignment and wind up faking their own kidnapping. What Gervais may have previously turned into a pointed satire of the news media instead becomes a flimsy farce that’s surprisingly low on laughs. C–

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