Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais' revival of his 'Office' character David Brent yields more squirms than laughs in 'Life on the Road'

Ricky Gervais' revival of his 'Office' character David Brent yields more squirms than laughs in 'Life on the Road'

Nearly two decades after Ricky Gervais made him one of the more influential and cringe-worthy television characters of the 2000s with the BBC mockumentary series “The Office,” David Brent is back.

The inept, annoying and former middle manager at Britain’s Wernham Hogg paper company is now a low-level sales rep for the equally dreary cleaning products supplier, Lavichem. But he has rock star aspirations, and a reality camera crew is there to catch every minute of the squirm-inducing climb toward a top he’ll likely never reach.

The 90 minute film, however, lacks the wit, timing and supporting cast that made “The Office” (co-created by Stephen...

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