The Office first hit our screens 15 years ago, and at the time was considered one of the finest comedy series ever created. Since then, Ricky Gervais, the mastermind behind the series, has been no stranger to controversy.
However, Ricky’s new film Life On The Road, which sees him reprise his role as buffoon boss David Brent, has been hailed as his most controversial yet. The film, which offers such moments as David Brent asking a black guy to “tell me I’m your n*gger” has been deemed the most controversial film of 2016 due to it being the only film which can rival the shit factory that was Suicide Squad. We spoke to film critic Fred West regarding the poor reviews both films have received.
‘Fucking hell, have you seen Ricky’s new film? If I wanted to watch the same situation over and over again I’d go to an alzheimer’s ward. At least they some of the people there are funnier than Ricky Gervais. I watched Life On The Road with a friend of mine who was an anti-gun protestor for twenty years and he said the film made him want to buy a gun just so he could shoot Ricky Gervais and then himself. It’s like the writers of the Big Bang Theory impregnated the bloke who writes the Inbetweeners, but instead of a baby out came a gleaming, gelatinous half-aborted feotus called Life On The Road.’
‘The only good thing about Life On The Road was that it made Suicide Squad look like a Kubrickian masterpiece,’ continued West. ‘Which is difficult because Suicide Squad was a heaping pile of used condoms on a piss stained mattress. I know comic book nerds will be typing so hard that there’s a chance they might lose their virginities right about now, but come on, what happened to Hollywood occasionally giving a shit? Ten years ago, one in ten films were good, now we’re lucky if it’s one in fifty. I’m a professional movie critic but films like these make me wish I worked nights in a warehouse that sells HIV to terrorists. I don't know if such a place exists, but it would be preferable than having to endure David Brent's over-familiar mannerisms ever again.'