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Special Correspondents (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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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.

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Ricky Gervais

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Ricky Gervais

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Finch
Eric Bana ... Frank
Vera Farmiga ... Eleanor
Kelly Macdonald ... Claire
Kevin Pollak ... Mallard
America Ferrera ... Brigida
Raúl Castillo ... Domingo
Benjamin Bratt ... Baker
Kim Ramirez ... Brenda
Jim Norton ... Rent Boy #1
Bob Banks Bob Banks ... Crime Scene Officer
Jonathan Langdon ... Bellboy
Glen Grant Glen Grant ... Perry
Duane Murray ... Sacha
Ryan F. Hughes ... Barman
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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.

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Fake news. Real disaster.

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Comedy

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Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hírhajhászok See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ian Finch (Ricky Gervais) shares a surname with Chris Finch, the best friend of David Brent, Gervais' character in The Office (2001). See more »

Goofs

The Equadorians all speak to each other in English despite their native tongue being Spanish. See more »

Quotes

Ian Finch: Can I get a skim milk latte.
Claire Maddox: You on a diet?
Ian Finch: A bit, yeah. I had a medical, and apparently I'm 25% fat.
Claire Maddox: Is that bad?
Ian Finch: Yeah, it's more than some snacks.
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Ace of Spades
Written by Fast Eddie Clarke (as Edward Alan Clarke), Lemmy (as Ian Kilmister) / Philip John Taylor
Performed by Motörhead
Published by Motor Music Ltd. / EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company
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What did you think you were going to be watching?
30 April 2016 | by soundmeetssoundSee all my reviews

If comedy is the result of characters' reactions to ridiculous circumstances with ridiculous actions then this is comedy. Not hysterical, but still comedy.

People have focused on Ricky Gervais with this so that's where I will focus, but seriously every performance turned in was appropriate to the film. And for the most part I enjoyed it.

I think if Ricky Gervais did this movie in his usual comedy style it wouldn't have worked at all. This reminds me of a time in the 90's where movies seemed to ask "How many situations can we make the Odd Couple work in?" and if this came out then I don't think it would be met with the same negativity.

It's just a light movie with a collection of decent punchlines and worked well to help pass the time on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Had it been in theaters I could of taken my grandparents or parents to see it and enjoyed it with them but wouldn't have been pleased to have paid to see it alone.

It's by no means a classic but I'll let it land on the better side of 6.5 stars.

While I like Ricky Gervais, people who talk like he is some sort of comedic cinema great need to look at his works, he certainly tries a lot of different things but as of yet, in my opinion has only been successful in The Invention of Lying, Derek, and Extras... Honestly that's it. He's a writer/ comedian 1st and an actor 3rd.

Yes I know what I said.


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