David Brent: Life On The Road (15)

Ricky Gervais’ comic creation David Brent finally makes his big screen debut and it’s everything you’ve hoped for. Brent is just as inappropriate and cringe-worthy as ever.

We watch as the former star of the fictional British TV series The Office is followed once again by a camera crew. This time around Brent is looking to make it big in the music industry, a rockstar on the road. The crew catches up with Brent as he prepares to take to the road for his first tour.

Since leaving Slough’s famous paper merchants Wernham Hogg, Brent has become a sales rep for cleaning and feminine products. As you would expect the comedic chap brings his own spin on the usual sales patter. This musters plenty of laughs, from Brent, but unfortunately no sales from his potential customers. In short he’s a crap salesman.

But fear not Brent has a Gareth-esque buddy at work, Nigel, who completely gets him. The two create havoc in the office while the other reps look on with disdain.

In a bid to escape his mundane life Brent plans an extensive tour for his band Foregone Conclusion. As they travel the length and breadth of the country is becomes clear that achieving stardom is going to be harder than Brent first thought.

Using his life savings and pay-outs from multiple pension schemes Brent is willing to do whatever it takes to become a rockstar. There just one problem, well okay two in truth. Firstly the front-man insists on explaining the meaning behind all his songs, and then there’s the songs themselves. Oh my! Brent is like the UK’s version of Tim Minchin. If you don’t know who that is go and check him out.

Brent’s combination of hilariously painful humour in song form is simultaneously fantastic and cringe-worthy. Ticket sales aren’t too hot and the other band members aren’t really feeling their front man. Does Brent have what it takes to keep his musical dream alive? There’s only one way to find out…

David Brent: Life On The Road is an absolute riot. It doesn’t feel like a moment has passed since the original UK TV series and that’s a credit to the director and Gervais. Yes it’s uncomfortable viewing but that was always the joy of watching The Office, it was never supposed to be this nice fluffy show. It was designed to make you laugh through drawn-out scenes that built the tension to breaking point and then made you erupt with fits of giggles.

In his big screen debut Brent is rude, crude and controversial and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

By Ruth Walker


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