With so many revivals and reboots on the small screen right now, there are equally as many excellent characters for TV audiences to reconnect with. And then there's that chubby and awkward little shit David Brent, Ricky Gervais' hilariously cringe-worthy former boss from The Office (U.K.), who is bumbling his way back in front of our eyes for Netflix's upcoming feature that's aptly titled David Brent: Life on the Road. The film's full-length trailer, seen below, is mostly far removed from office cubicles, but Gervais is just as uncomfortable as he was selling paper, if not more so. Watch and be amazed.
In David Brent: Life on the Road, the irrepressible Brent continues to hock products as a salesman, but he's also furthering his dream of becoming a star musician with his band Foregone Conclusion. Some of the funniest moments in The Office were when Ricky Gervais unleashed Brent's rhythms and melodies on the world, particularly the music video for "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and things look similarly ridiculous on that front here.
For me, the funniest bit in the trailer was easily when Ben Bailey Smith's rapper Dom comes in and talks about Brent's insistence on making his rap lyrics about little people. That performance slayed me, especially Gervais' hand motions as Dom sings. Smith is both a comedian and a rapper (who goes by the name Doc Brown), so he's a natural for the role of Dom, who hooks up with Foregone Conclusion as a way to develop his name. It's very clear in just those two minutes that Brent is the only one who thinks everything is running smoothly, which is part of why the character works so well. The joke is always on him, but he's just unsympathetic enough to make those moments work, and it all rolls off of his back anyway, no matter how severe.
And it's always severe, as is seen when he accidentally injures someone using the T-shirt gun, or when he addresses crowds of people that clearly have zero interest in what he's saying. Ricky Gervais knows how to legitimately win over a crowd, so he's completely mastered how to much it up in the worst way. Oh, the biggest thing I could ever wish for my children is that they're more socially agile than David Brent.
It's been almost 14 years since David Brent has appeared in a full-formed scripted project, although he's shown up in YouTube videos and on-stage performances and other situations, and there's no better place for the perverse cornball than Netflix. Well, at least here in the U.S., as the film has already had a theatrical run in the U.K. and elsewhere. There's something about this character that just wouldn't fit in on standard American broadcast networks; it's probably the way he...does everything he does.
David Brent will make his spectacular(ly messy) debut on Netflix on Friday, February 10, at 12:00 a.m. PT. To see everything else coming to the streaming service, head to our 2017 Netflix schedule, and then shoot over to our midseason premiere schedule to see what's popping up on all the other networks.