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Life's Too Short

4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product Description

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.

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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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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 (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007WGDCPU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,771 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life's Too Short" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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you either get this show or you don't, but i loved every episode and have watched it several times, brilliant work by Warwick Davis and the guest appearance spots are just plain funny!! I hope we get more of this show, it was one of my favorites and is still on my DVR.
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I'm now a total fan of Warwick Davis. He's very funny, and a great actor. And although this show makes fun of the usual for a Ricky Gervais show (jerk who has likeable qualities who always ends up putting his foot in his mouth) there are quite a few jokes that ALSO draw upon the simple fact that Warwick is a little person. But other than that, I do appreciate Gervais' & Merchant's humor, and Warwick is the most likeable "jerk" of all their shows. My favorite cameos were Johnny Depp's and Liam Nissan's (make sure to watch the Bonus Material for the great stuff that got cut out from these scenes!) but, Warwick steals the show. I'm a new fan and hope to see more of him.
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I absolutely loved this short lived series. I wish they could have kept this going but sadly it looks like this all we're going to get. I would say my favorite episode on this series would have to be episode 2. Love the sci-fi convention scene and especially the whack job scene starring none other than Johnny Depp. "Wanna go to the toilet with me?" Mr. depp asks and cut to Warwick standing literally in the toilet and Johnny saying, "Toilet troll love it!" That scene had me bawling to be honest. Among other great episodes there are other funtastic viewings of other celebs inluding Helena Bonham Carter, Cat Deeley, and Sting. I definitely recommend this series if you were ever a fan of Warwick Davis.
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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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