Starring: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Mockumentary comedy written and directed by Ricky Gervais. David Brent: Life on the Road (2016) catches up with David Brent (Ricky Gervais) twelve years on from the mockumentary The Office to find he is now a travelling salesman with Lavichem, a cleaning and ladies personal hygiene products company. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom and is about to embark on a self-financed tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion. Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and talented rapper Dom (Ben Bailey Smith) in an attempt to gain street cred, Brent cashes in his pensions and takes unpaid leave in a bid to turn his dream into reality.
David Brent: [walking into this office] He’s back! Did you miss me?
David Brent: Hello, I’m David Brent. You probably know me as the star of the BBC2 documentary The Office back in…
David Brent: [covers his mouth to say the rest] No, that was then. This is now. I’m currently a singer songwriter, and a rep.
David Brent: I’ve got one song, it’s about rock and roll, but it’s a metaphor for sex. It goes…
David Brent: [he starts singing] I’m going to roll you over, and rock you stupid, and leave you there just humming. There’s a party in my trousers, baby, and everybody’s coming.
David Brent: [to Miriam Clarke, one of his work colleagues standing nearby] Do you get it? Ask me how are you spelling coming?
Miriam Clarke: How are you spelling coming?
David Brent: C-U-M-I-N.
Miriam Clarke: That’s cumin.
David Brent: Double M, think. It’s supposed… So, yeah. That sort of coming.
David Brent: [gestures his hand up and down lewdly and makes squirting noises] But not with…
David Brent: [points to Miriam and Kaz and then himself]But with, you know? Although some women do squirt. Don’t know what. Juice.
David Brent: [announcing the name of his band onstage] We are Foregone Conclusion.
David Brent: [trying to sell his product] That’s as stiff as you like and it won’t damage your rug. Well that’s what I told her.
David Brent: I found myself again and I started to do what I do best: Entertain.
David Brent: Keep the noise down. No, turn it up.
David Brent: I’m putting a tour together.
David Brent: On the road is where I really come alive.
Dom Johnson: [referring to Brent] We’re both just trying to make it but he just has me wrapping about a lot of weird s**t.
Dom Johnson: [rapping] Black people aren’t crazy, black people aren’t lazy, and poor’s aren’t babies. You can’t just pick them up, they’ve got rights.
David Brent: People often say, “Is there anything you won’t joke about?” Yes, the handicapped.
Band Keyboardist: I didn’t really know whether to laugh or cry. There’s been quite a few moments like that I think.
Band Drummer: There have, yeah.
David Brent: This tour is going to get better and better.
Dom Johnson: You think it’s painful to watch, I have to stand next to him.
David Brent: We are going to get a little bit funky. Um, probably too funky.
Dan: Just when you think he can’t get any worse, he’ll shoot a fat girl in the face with a t-shirt gun.
David Brent: I let her keep the t-shirt. It’s only fair.
David Brent: I like the people to feel I’ll get inside your head, maybe get inside your heart.
David Brent: [meeting two female fans in his hotel room] What do you two do?
Female Fan: Work in an office.
David Brent: [chuckles and looks at the camera] Oh, dear.