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Life's Too Short (2013)

Warwick Davis , Ricky Gervais , Ricky Gervais , Stephen Merchant  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Rosamund Hanson, Steve Brody
  • Directors: Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life's Too Short" on IMDb

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  • Episode previews
  • Making of “Life’s Too Short”
  • Deleted Scenes & Outtakes
  • Behind the Scenes

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HBO presents a new comedy series from Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (The Office, HBO’s Extras and The Ricky Gervais Show) and starring actor Warwick Davis (Willow, the Harry Potter and Star Wars films), who portrays a conceited, self-aggrandizing version of himself. In Life’s Too Short, Davis’ character is an actor desperately trying to jumpstart his waning career and maintain his status as Britain’s go-to little person. He runs a talent agency for fellow showbiz little people called “Dwarves for Hire” (though he often takes the best roles for himself); is the vice chairman of a society for small people (he’d rather be chairman); and seeks advice from old pals Gervais and Merchant (also playing versions of themselves) in hopes that their A-list celebrity connections will aid his career. Shot faux-documentary style, the seven Season 1 episodes of Life’s Too Short include cameos by Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Sting, Steve Carell, Helena Bonham Carter, Cat Deeley, and others. A cross between Gervais’ Extras and Curb Your Enthusiasm, Life’s Too Short hilariously charts Davis’ every move as he tries to maintain his pride and self-respect in a series of uncomfortable, often-humiliating situations.

Fans of Ricky Gervais (British and American versions of The Office and of Extras) as well as fans of the great character actor Warwick Davis (the Harry Potter films) will find a lot to love in Life's Too Short. It's hilarious, crass, politically incorrect, and compulsively watchable. Davis plays a thinly disguised version of himself, an approaching-middle-age English actor who has made a big name for himself in little-person film and TV roles. The premise of Life's Too Short is that Davis's character--also named Warwick Davis--is now finding it hard to land roles. What does he have to do to get noticed or cast? Apparently there's no stunt he's not willing to pull, no level to which he's not willing to stoop. And if you think that lends itself to a lot of short jokes, you'd be right. Davis seems to be having a grand time in some truly cringe-worthy scenes (in one, he is discovered standing in a toilet by none other than Johnny Depp, who's seeming to channel his wastrel role as Captain Jack Sparrow. The other cameo appearances are delightful too, including Helena Bonham Carter, Sting, Steve Carell, and many more. If Gervais's patented "oh no he didn't just say that" brand of humor is your cup of tea, Life's Too Short for you to miss out on this hilarious series. --A.T. Hurley

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's Too Short Really Is Too Short. February 12, 2013
The only bad thing about this series is it only has seven episodes. If you like Ricky Gervais and his type of humor, you'll like this fictional account of Warrick Davis's life as a little person actor. The cameos are hysterical and amazing considering how famouse these people are. It's cleverly written and has a cast of supporting characters who are all well done. I recommend it for an afternoon of laughs. There are no plans to continue the series at this time and that's a shame, becuase it is hysterical.

If you don't like the British version of the Office or Extras, etc. Don't watch this, it isn't for you. If you do like those shows, jump on this one, it's right up there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest show I've seen in years December 11, 2013
By P David
This show is just plain funny. This show proves that Warwick Davis is a phenomenal comic actor. He does the double takes, delivers the straight lines, has great reaction shots, but is perhaps best in physical comedy. If you enjoy dry comedy or slapstick, it is absolutely worth the money to buy this DVD (actually 2 DVDs). The cameos by Liam Neeson and Johnny Depp are, if anything, rather tedious compared to Warwick Davis' brilliant acting. Don't hesitate to take a chance on this. I look forward to watching it again and again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Misunderstood and very good November 19, 2012
This short (no pun intended) series focuses around Warwick Davis (Willow, The Leprechaun, Return Of The Jedi) and Ricky Gervais (Stardust, Extras) as fictionalized versions of themselves and mainly the struggle of being a little person in the world of cinema. This series is light hearted and yet meaningful in regards to what it's like to work in main stream film making as a little person and trying to break out of the typical type cast roles. This BBC series has great cameos by Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Sting and many more. If you've ever seen any other Ricky Gervais shows (like Extras) then you'll know what to expect with the style of writing and comedy in this series. It is funny, cringe-worthy and smart. Received fairy negatively because of its social fuax pas and unpleasant scenarios, I think this show is just not understood by most audiences. This isn't supposed to be some message riddled show about the life of a little person, but more of a fictionalized stereotypical look at how little people are often treated in society and mainstream film making as well as stereotypical Hollywood actors being egotistical and vapid. While there are some messages and subtexts to be had in this 7 episode run, mainly it is meant to entertain, evoke cringing and laughs and broaden ones horizons which I felt it did an exceptional job of.

I will update my review on the Blu-Ray transfer when it becomes available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LIfe's too short to not watch this series April 17, 2014
By Nancy
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Disclaimer: I love Ricky Gervais' humor. (Although for some reason, I wasn't as fond of "Extras"). I watch "Life's Too Short" over again for the nuances. Warwick Davis looking into the camera is priceless. If you're the person (as I often am) that tries to multitask and listen for the dialogue you'll miss the best parts here. Ricky knows how to do it. The watcher becomes the camera man just bursting inside with unbelievable glee at the moments he/she caught on camera. Ricky is a master; he gives us just enough of Warwick's life to want more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life's too short. March 31, 2014
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This is so funny! For someone so small, he acts big. Never gives up, full of ideas. Really enjoyed watching this & would recommend it to anyone. Very good actor!
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3.0 out of 5 stars More to come? August 3, 2013
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Funny series, especially for Star Wars fans. Warwick Davis did a great job. However, the series was uncomfortably between a reality show and an actual movie. I thought Extras was much better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show! May 30, 2013
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I love this show. It has one of my favorite actors Warwick Davis. I think this show is going be hilarious.
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Part of what makes this show so amusing and funny is the fact that Warwick Davis is very egotistical, but extremely awkward and basically failing at life in this series. Asking for money, lying to people to make himself look good (and then they find out the truth), etc. As a huge follower of Ricky Gervais, this is basically almost any character Ricky Gervais has ever done. This is a mixture of David Brent and Andy Millman. That being said, I'm not bored of it, it's just that I can tell Ricky had involvement in this project, which is good. It's charming and I'm glad I purchased it.
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Does this include the Christmas special?
I just finished it last night. And it does not appear so. Unless it is hidden away in the special features, there is only 7 episodes. Kind of disappointing because it is not available on disc in the US. Great series though and you cannot beat the price currently.
Mar 14, 2014 by jake perry |  See all 2 posts
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