Cemetery Junction

Cemetery Junction

Ricky Gervais (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The Invention of Lying - the first directorial effort from Ricky Gervais - was a commercial flop, a disappointment partly attributable to a screenplay that needed at least a couple more journeys through the word processor. For his second effort, Gervais has wisely taken on both screenwriting and directing duties alongside his long-time collaborator (and co-creator of The Office) Stephen Merchant. Set in a nicely re-created Reading of the 1970s, it features a trio of young friends (played by relative unknowns Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan) all on the brink of their first jobs (selling door-to-door insurance), first loves and, at some point, preferably getting the hell out of town. The result is a slickly charming, sweet-natured English take on American coming-of-age movies like American Graffiti. It's deftly written, unobtrusively directed and nicely acted, indicating Gervais (along with Merchant) does have a future as a film director after all.


A young man in 1970s Reading starts to question what he wants out of life, but finds his friends happy with their lot. He starts a new job selling insurance door to door, only to run into an old girlfriend - who he learns is the daughter of his new boss and engaged to the co-worker showing him the ropes. Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's comedy drama, starring Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes and Jack Doolan.

Cast & Crew

Freddie Taylor Christian Cooke
Julie Kendrick Felicity Jones
Bruce Pearson Tom Hughes
Snork Jack Doolan
Mrs Kendrick Emily Watson
Mike Ramsay Matthew Goode
Mr Kendrick Ralph Fiennes
Mr Taylor Ricky Gervais
Mrs Taylor Julia Davis
Sergeant Davies Stephen Speirs
PC Renwick Burn Gorman
Freddie's gran Anne Reid
Dougie Boden Stephen Merchant
Director Ricky Gervais
Director Stephen Merchant
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Apr 2010
Drama Comedy