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British 'Hello Ladies' trades in embarrassment and sentimentality
British 'Hello Ladies' trades in embarrassment and sentimentality

Hello Ladies: The Complete Series and the Movie HBO, $19.98 Ricky Gervais gets most of the credit for the classic British sitcoms "The Office" and "Extras," but he created them in partnership with Stephen Merchant, a lanky, awkward comedian who shares Gervais' tendency to balance comic embarrassment with twinges of sentimentality. Merchant's HBO sitcom "Hello Ladies" gets a lot of mileage out of each, following Merchant as a clumsy Englishman named Stuart who has unrealistic expectations about finding love (or at least wanton pleasure) with the sexy women he meets in Los Angeles. The eight episodes and wrap-up movie on the "Hello...

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