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Plot: A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead. Runtime: 100 mins Release Date: 29 Apr 2016
A most accurate description of the USA (by karlericsson)
Everything in news is fake and propaganda - so why risk your neck for it? I sincerely hope all journalists "sent out" on dangerous missions learn how to stay at home and fake it, risking nothing. It makes no difference anyhow. Nobody Believes what they are reporting, because everybody knows that if anything of it was true, then it would probably not be allowed and censored Before reaching out.This is the reason why I rather Watch films then I Watch the news if I want to know what's going on. When everybody says it's fiction, then maybe some of it is true, whereas when <more>
everybody says it's true it cannot possibly be so unless it's so obvious that it is impossible to deny, in which case you do not need the news telling you.In other Words: This is satire at its best.
I was laughing the whole way through (by jamestsividis)
The set-up and execution for this movie was on par. This movie didn't waste much time before getting into the ridiculousness of the plot. Nothing new or surprising occurred once the big lie begun and they were pretending to be hostages. The Spanish couple were lovely and cute in their kindness yet naivety. Sleeping with the guy's wife just threw an other spanner in the works to eventually reveal.I especially enjoy when I can see a joke coming from a mile away and then it finally turns out to be true. Them being actually kidnapped is a great example of this. I thought it was hilarious. <more>
And I think I just witnessed my favorite scene ever in a movie when I'm going to have to learn the character's names if I'm going to write a review aren't I? Ian shot his way through the prison camp. As soon as Frank was afraid to take the shot at the bad guy, I knew Ian would step up to take the shot but that scene exceeded my expectations completely. He then took an automatic weapon and shot more bad guys. The more unrealistic the situation the better in my eyes.I probably enjoyed this movie so much because I relate to Ricky's character and personality so others are not likely to enjoy it as much as I so emphatically have but it's a cool movie if you don't mind a little silliness. To be honest I don't know what I mean by silliness because I don't know why people don't like this movie. Maybe look at the poor reviews. The thing that annoyed me only a little bit was the slowness of the Spanish characters but I can easily overlook that. Great job guys on the movie!
Ignore complaints of "2 dimensional characters" and "cliché'd story lines". It's a comedy not an action drama though it does include action and drama very well .Maybe it's the "British comedy" element that non-brits don't get, but Special Correspondents was truly brilliant.Honestly, everything I expected to happen throughout the movie did eventually happen, but it was still somehow shockingly hilarious the way it inevitably did.For me this wasn't about the characters, it makes no apologies for their "2-dimensionalism", but it was <more>
their charm that lead me through the hilariously ridiculous story perfectly.The "cringe" moments only added to the hilarity and I was thoroughly entertained the whole way through.Yes it isn't a very 'sophisticated' story, but just take off your film analyst specs and enjoy this movie for what it is. I'd go as far as to say it was genius. I loved it.Would watch again.and again.
Ignore the harsh reviews...really enjoyable movie! (by ste_201079-760-389913)
I wasn't sure what I was expecting to be fair, I love Ricky Gervais and I own everything he has done. A lot of negativity had come from various reviews I'd read and I thought - Well I'll be the judge, jury and executioner!Admittedly the film has a slow start but does build, as the film continued I got more into it and was eventually gripped even though it was quite predictable the direction it was heading in. For me Ricky's on-screen presence makes it automatically feel-good, especially for me as I'm a fan of his work. Occasionally throwing some funny one-liners in, <more>
occasionally sounding like his character of Andy Millman from Extras which for me helped keep the Ricky we know and love current. Eric Bana was a great choice to play the main reporter, at first I thought it would be like sticking Arnie with David Jason kind of combo but they play well off each other and have great chemistry, Eric as we know is Australian so a convincing American accent was spot on.Overall, ignore the harsh reviews, I know it's opinion but let's face it, they ain't got a clue what a genius Ricky is, it's not always about the comedy, the film isn't hilarious but is quite funny in places, Ricky has tried his hand here at something else and I believe pulled it off well. Highly recommended if you love Ricky's work and want to see him try something different then go for it, 9/10 is a deserved rating!
I don't watch many comedies because most of them are awful, but I am a fan of Ricky Gervais, and so I had to give Special Correspondents a go. After watching it, I can say that it is the best comedy I've seen in a few years. I'm not sure why all the negative reviews. It has many of the kind of characters Ricky Gervais is known for, so maybe those reviewing it, just don't like his style.I thought it was really well written and executed, and the cinematography was very impressive for a comedy. Sure, it had a few flat moments, but it kept my interest throughout and made me laugh <more>
out loud a lot, right up to the end.I've already recommended my colleagues watch it, and I would happily sit down and watch it again.
Very Funny, indeed. Forget the negative comments. (by BobM1957)
Really enjoyable and FUNNY! As many other comments suggested, forget the negative reviews. This is a very clever movie, and well acted and not as predicable I anticipated.The plot "borrows" some classic character profiles some would say stereotypical characters, handsome under-achieving faker reporter, earnest but likable technician, helpful bumbling immigrants, conniving wife, etc but that's so the viewer can put things into perspective for the very funny and creative situations that follow. just hilarious!!! Well done Ricky.if you like "Wag the Dog", then check this <more>
Way better than most comedies.. (by DrWilliamWonk)
In all likelihood it went over many people's heads, considering how inundated we are with pointless comedies that often receive a far higher rating on IMDb or higher ticket sales at the box office.Great to see Eric Bana killing it again, but this time figuratively in a role as a self-confident, rogue reporter at a local news station. So too is the rest of the hilarious character gallery, along with their quirky foibles, from the manipulative money-grubbing sociopath played by Vera Farmiga to the over-emotional America Ferrera. Not to mention Gervais in the leading actor playing a fumbling <more>
doofus technician with low self-esteem, but with the redeemable quality of being kindhearted and well-meaning. Until he snorts coke, that is.. The film has a fair amount of subtle humor baked into the dialogue and contains a broader societal satire e.g. on the superficiality of news media, on the obsession with fame in today's docusoap infested society, and on the callous amorality of the drug gangs of Latin America, etc. It's also a feelgood movie you leave with a smile, but that nonetheless doesn't suffer from being syrupy and maudlin which is so typical for the genre. The low-budget remake of the original French film feels like a fresh take in a world where Hollywood constantly churns out focus group-tested flavorless rom-coms.
More than enough laugh out loud moments (by danjonezz-41864)
Pretty ridiculous storyline. It waivers towards the end as well. But more than enough laugh out loud moments to go around. Good escapism at 10pm last night. I wasn't really expecting a tour de force in witty, edgy comedy.It is difficult because other genres you can always take critics opinions seriously. They can look at the film as a whole rather than rating it on the gags. What I find funny will not be what others will find funny, so how much should we care about some person I will never meet totally panning the film?.A good offering from Netflix. It will have an audience regardless of <more>
how many people are criticising it. It is what it is.
OK. First off all i gave it 8 because i don't think it deserve the bad critics it gets. its more a 7/10. So why is it a 7/10? Its Ricky Gervais - He has a kind of weird humor and i think this movie turned out more or less how he planed it. Its a quick comedy for people to enjoy and have a laugh. The plot is fine guys. Its stupid but the film works. Actors do a good job and yes, it will not win an Academy award anytime soon, but that again cant be the goal with a half smart movie like this. Just watch it. If you have Netflix its free. I think you will have a good time for the 100 minutes <more>
running time. And just a good time with some half cheap laughs is what this film is all about.