In the world of show business, there is a lot of material for comedy. And The Office (the British television show) creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant use every last one of the opportunities for humor until the well is dry and until the audience is laughing so hard they cannot get off the couch to put the next disc in. Again, Gervais acts in the series also, as he did in The Office and his comic timing is just brilliant. He plays a struggling actor who makes a living as an extra in movies and TV. Unlike most extras, his character sees all of his “extra” roles as small, bit parts which will lead to larger and better roles. Naturally, this is not always the case, which adds to much of the humor. A series of “real” famous actors as guest stars helps make this comedy series a real winner.

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I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. I mean…deep, hearty laughs. Maybe it’s Ricky Gervais…who I like a lot from The Office (The “Brit” version) and HBO’s Extras. Maybe it’s Greg Kinnear, who I also love and find very funny, though here he’s playing straight man to Gervais’ comic persona. The story, like most comedies, in simple…Gervais undergoes a near-death experience while under anesthesia, which in turn gives him the ability to see dead people…all of whom want him to help them with their problems. But, the core of the film provide the audience with original, witty dialogue, great humorous moments and strong comic performances by all…including Tea Leoni, who always has a good knack for sharp comic timing. Like I said, the ending is nothing special…so clichéd it’s lame. But, I think the beginning and middle of the film make up for its lackluster ending. Basically, this is an intelligent comedy I think you’ll enjoy.
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