A coming-of-age story set in 1973 of three loveable but always in trouble friends by the two minds behind the television series (British version) The Office. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have directed this film and Gervais has said that the closemindedness of Cemetery Junction reminds him of his home town.
Freddie Taylor (Christian Cooke – appeared in episodes of Dr. Who) dreams of leaving his home town of Cemetery Junction. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending how you look at it, he is offered a job by Mr. Kendrick (Ralph Fiennes – The English Patient, The Reader) selling life insurance. His best friends Snork (Jack Doolan – appeared in an episode of EastEnders) and Bruce (Tom Hughes) think his job is completely dull, but Freddie wants to travel the world and sees the job as a means to an end.
Mr. Kendrick pairs Freddie with the way too nice Mike (Matthew Goode – Watchmen, Match Point), who ends up losing plenty of sales for the two. Freddie is also distracted by his lusting after the boss's daughter, Julie (Felicity Jones – Cheri, Brideshead Revisisted). The major problem is that Julie is also Mike's fiancé.
Bruce works with his father (Ricky Gervais – The Invention of Lying, Ghost Town) in a factory and is in trouble with the law. Snork works at the railroad station and is constantly dreaming of having a girlfriend one day.
Three stereotypes of young maleness – the rebel, the buffoon, and the nerd – alongside a faithful depiction of the middle of the 1970s are what win you over about this film. It will really bring some of you out there back to the time.
Okay, so the acting and the writing are really the backbones of the film, but let's not get bogged down in the details.
Gervais and Merchant show plenty of talent as directors bringing just the right touch to the film. There are plenty of chuckles and smiles in the film rather than belly laughs, but the funny parts are frequent. It has an emotional side to it without being too schmaltzy.
Things end in the film the way you would expect them to, but that does not decrease your enjoyment of it. Afterwards I wondered why it was never released in North America. Especially with all the crap that does make it to the big screens here.
-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
-The Start of Filming
-Meet The Boys
-The Directors On Set