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Cemetery Junction (2010)

Christian Cooke , Felicity Jones , Ricky Gervais , Stephen Merchant  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Cooke, Felicity Jones, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan, Ricky Gervais
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Writers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Producers: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Charlie Hanson, Sue Baden-Powell
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PVC2ZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cemetery Junction" on IMDb

Special Features

Commentary with Writers/Directors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Cast Commentary with Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, and Jack Doolan
Deleted Scenes
The Directors: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
The Lads Look Back: The Stars Discuss Cemetery Junction

Editorial Reviews

Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the duo behind the BBC's Office, travel back to 1973 for this serio-comic coming-of-age story. Inspired by Gervais's Reading hometown, Cemetery Junction is the type of small-minded burg Freddie Taylor (Christian Cooke, likable and attractive) longs to escape. Fortunately, he receives a job offer from Mr. Kendrick (a smarmy Ralph Fiennes), leading to a gig selling life insurance. His best mates, the goofy Snork (Jack Doolan) and rebellious Bruce (Tom Hughes, the film's true star), can't imagine anything more dull, but Freddie, who wants to travel the world, sees it as his way out. Kendrick pairs Freddie with Mike (Matthew Goode, great value), who proves that the nice-guy approach loses sales (Emily Watson shines as Kendrick's browbeaten wife). While Freddie pines for the boss's daughter (and Mike's fiancée), Julie (Felicity Jones), Bruce works with Freddie's father, Len (Gervais), in a factory, and tangles with the law (refreshingly, the local sergeant has a sympathetic side). If things end as one might expect, that doesn't make Cemetery Junction any less enjoyable, but it does help to explain why it didn't receive a U.S. theatrical release. By focusing on a young Brit anxious to find his place in the world, the directors provide a companion piece to pictures like Starter for 10 and An Education. Familiar or not, it's still superior to most mainstream comedies… including a few with which Gervais has been involved. A soundtrack filled with energizing glam-rock classics further elevates their efforts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

Cemetery Junction tells the funny, touching and universal story of being trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape. In 1970s England, three blue-collar friends spend their days joking, drinking, fighting and chasing girls. Freddie (Christian Cooke) wants to leave their working-class world but cool, charismatic Bruce (Tom Hughes) and loveable loser Snork (Jack Doolan) are happy with life the way it is. When Freddie gets a new job as a door-to-door salesman and bumps into his old school sweetheart Julie (Felicity Jones), the gang are forced to make choices that will change their lives forever.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice August 16, 2010
This is a rather charming coming of age movie charting the escapades of three loveable rogues, The Nerd, Bad-boy and the Buffoon. The 1970's are wonderfully recreated here, and reminds me somewhat of my youth, its well acted and keeps an slight emotional pull and a constant flow of smiles and chuckles rather than huge laughs. Its.. well, its just very well acted, made and written, without pulling up any trees, its just .. nice. I have no idea how this will translate to American audiences, but erm, did I mention its nice-ness
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprising Delight September 14, 2010
I am not a huge Ricky Gervais fan but I do hail from the town this is theoretically set in and so decided to rent it. I have to say that I found it hugely enjoyable. The prevailing attitude that you worked at a factory or for town's the large insurance company was absolutely spot on even 10 years later when I was the age of these characters. I thought that the acting was fantastic and I loved the characters of Julie's mother (a frumped up Emily Watson) and especially Sgt Wyn Davies (Steve Speirs) who plays the sort of police officer who can really change lives. My only gripe was in the choice of locations. The real Cemetery Junction is way, way too busy to be a practical choice of film location, I can see that, but the choice of such a rural setting made it look far too "choclate boxy" to fit the story line of three boys desperate to escape. Even then, Reading was a large, busy town with little similarity to the town centre the boys are seen striding through and Cemetery Junction itself is and was a run down area of narrow streets and tiny brick terraces. Other than that, the period detail was fantastic - the inside of my house was scarily just like Freddie's. And why oh why don't we have "Crazy Horses" by the Osmonds on more sound tracks? The world could be a better place...
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Brit Pic! July 22, 2010
I saw this movie in a theatre in London in April. By British standards, this is one of the greatest films to come out of that country. As for any America who is weary of British movie quality, like myself, this is honestly one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. If you are at all familiar with the works of Ricky Gervais, then you can only expect some of the best entertainment. This movie is deep, it's moving. Ricky Gervais tends to do comedies, but this movie really shows his talent as a director and actor. I don't want to sound like a cliche, but this movie really did make me laugh and cry. My friends and I talked about this movie for days.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny & touching May 3, 2013
By Lucinda
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Ricky Gervais & Steve Merchant have such a way of making you laugh one second and tear up the next. They write characters that you love and root for and that are real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done June 2, 2012
I thought this was a really enjoyable movie. It was a really touching film about wanting to break out of where you are and I think most people can relate to that. I think Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant proved with this that they can give birth to more than just hilarious babies. Being a huge fan of them I didn't want to be disappointed and I wasn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great class conflict treatment May 20, 2011
This was an engaging story on the class conflict, on self hatred, on hating one's parents, on being a teen ager, on blaming one's background versus doing something for oneself, on taking responsibility versus excusing onself...

All done with a light touch.

I only wish Gervais and Merchant had more than a small role as characters.

Gervais and Merchant are not at their acid, stinging best. Rather, their humor is muted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cemetery Junction October 9, 2010
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This is a very good film. But if you're buying it because you are a Ricky Gervais fan be aware that his presence on screen is rather limited. Set in 1970's England, in a small working class town, the dialog is sometimes difficult to understand but not overly so. I found the acting to be agreeable and at times admirable, especially from the veteran actors Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes. The younger actors were very good as well. For me though, what made this movie stay with me was the soundtrack by Tim Atack. As the Dude would say, 'it really tied the room together.'
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3.0 out of 5 stars Been done before and better September 30, 2010
I watched this because of the names Gervais and Merchant and while it wasn't a bad movie, it's hard to recommend as there's not really anything in it that you haven't seen done before elsewhere and better. It feels like the co-writers/co-directors really wanted to show that they could break out from comedy and make a coming-of-age story with dramatic resonance, but what they came up with feels like a semi-serviceable imitation of other, better movies. It might have been heartfelt, but as what we're accustomed to seeing from them is exceptional, seeing something that is little more than "fine" compounds the letdown. Three stars because Ralph Fiennes and Matthew Goode are really great in it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the watch
One of my favorite movies it's not amazing or anything but just a good movie to watch and enjoy by yourself or with family.
Published 4 months ago by WASP
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it to see Ricky Gervais, loved it for the rest of the cast
As a fan of the Office and Extras, I bought this film because of Ricky Gervais. His casting and storytelling were very strong. A fun and well done film.
Published 9 months ago by A.P. Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
I shut it off after maybe 15 minutes. Not what I expected. Thought Gervais had a bigger part in the film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jude Barnes
3.0 out of 5 stars Where all this started: pre-Thatcher UK
It's 1973 and of reliable goods England was famous for before twentieth century some producing still exists in Cemetery Junction, a lumpen (working-class) bed-district serviced... Read more
Published on March 8, 2012 by Michael Kerjman
4.0 out of 5 stars FAST SHIPPING
Published on October 31, 2011 by grrldgr
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, Quirky little film about coming of age...
I bought this mainly because Ricky Gervais was in it. And wrote the film, and directed the film. And I am a huge RG fan. Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, watchable, good soundtrack
Kind of a feel-good picture that I found more than entertaining and well-shot all the way through. Gervaise is in it but only as a secondary part. Read more
Published on June 19, 2011 by Green Manalishi
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars
I'm a huge Merchant/Gervais fan, and was really pleased with this effort. Something different, but still really good laughs, some feel good moments, and a very good, not quite... Read more
Published on June 7, 2011 by Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars It sails the ocean just fine
We Americans watched this movie on New Year's Eve and were so blown away, we would have stayed up to watch it a second time had we had less wine. Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Kat Van
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem!
I recently rented this from the local store, they had only one copy. It was under some Hollywood formulaic blockbuster dud, of which there were dozens of copies. Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by Susan Ingalls
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