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Cemetery Junction Blu-ray
Christian Cooke, Jack Doolan, Tom Hughes
Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Ricky Gervais
Directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2010

Ricky Gervais might be involved but Cemetery Junction is not a broad comedy. It is a coming of age movie that is at times sadly funny. This drama takes a while to grow on you. Once you get about halfway and the Winner's Ball scene everything presented in Cemetery Junction suddenly makes sense. This is a very British movie so you need a certain sensibility to get some of the thinking behind it. It is not a great film but it has its charm.

Freddie (Christian Cooke) is a twenty something guy who has just started selling life insurance. His best pals are Snork (a great Jack Doolan) and rebel Bruce (Tom Hughes). They grew up, live, and will probably die in a small town named Cemetery Junction since their lives seemed pretty much all planned out. The only person with ambition is Julie, the daughter of Freddie's boss, though her life seems pretty much decided as she is going to marry her father's protégé salesman. DVD at Amazon

Things eventually come to a head and a few things change.

Cemetery Junction is a subtle film. If you are looking for a movie with Hollywood style grand gestures you are not going to enjoy it. It takes some getting used to but it tells a good story.

Special features for Cemetery Junction Blu-ray are 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; Seventies Style: Production and Costume Design; Production features.

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