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Twenty Twelve

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dry comedy mixes swearing, satire, and office incompetence.

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Unless you're acutely aware of the details surrounding the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, you may not be overly interested in this bone-dry mockumentary that targets British audiences with largely localized satire. That's not to say Americans won't enjoy it, but it's not likely to appeal to most mainstream viewers in the U.S.

Bonneville (Downton Abbey) plays the straight man as the put-upon Head of Deliverance who has to deal with a wide range of screw-ups, including an Olympic "count down" clock that actually counts backwards, not forwards. But the best lines come from Hynes and Theobold, whose quirky characters are funny mostly because they remind us of people we know.

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