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David Brent: Life on the Road

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Fake comic docu has cursing and sexual references.

Movie NR 2017 96 minutes
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Fans of David Brent, and there are many, will happily go along for this preposterous ride; new viewers will have to catch up with Brent's gaffes, embarrassing behavior, and misguided humor. Some may not find David Brent: Life on the Road funny. Or, it may just take a while to "get" the humor. For example, Brent's not malicious when he mocks women and minorities (Chinese, Native American, the disabled); in his distorted worldview, he's simply trying to shine a sympathetic light on them. The UK's The Office had a limited run, but "David Brent" seems to have an unlimited lifespan. In the United States, the insufferable character was reborn in a successful eight-year NBC series, starring Steve Carrell as Michael Scott (Brent's American equivalent), and a host of other actors whose careers were launched by the show. This new adventure includes a lot of profanity, sexual banter, and tasteless insult humor, but it's funny, as long as it doesn't wear you out. No kids.

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