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Special Correspondents (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 29 April 2016 (USA)
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A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.

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Ricky Gervais

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Ricky Gervais

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Finch
Eric Bana ... Frank
Vera Farmiga ... Eleanor
Kelly Macdonald ... Claire
Kevin Pollak ... Mallard
America Ferrera ... Brigida
Raúl Castillo ... Domingo
Benjamin Bratt ... Baker
Kim Ramirez Kim Ramirez ... Brenda
Jim Norton ... Rent Boy #1
Bob Banks Bob Banks ... Crime Scene Officer
Jonathan Langdon ... Bellboy
Glen Grant Glen Grant ... Perry
Duane Murray ... Sacha
Ryan F. Hughes Ryan F. Hughes ... Barman
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Storyline

A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fake news. Real disaster.

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Comedy

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Country:

Canada | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hírhajhászok See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mimi Kuzyk played Secretary of State in both this movie, and The Day After Tomorrow. See more »

Goofs

The Aircraft Frank and Finch return home from Ecuador IN shows the registration number AS being simply "GSTG". In actuality, this Bombardier Challenger 605 has the Canadian registration number of "C-GSTG", the Canadian International code prefix of "C-" having been OBVIOUSLY whited out. Had this been an Ecuadorian civil aircraft, it would have an "HC-" prefix, and thus would have been "HC-GSTG". See more »

Quotes

Ian Finch: Can I get a skim milk latte.
Claire Maddox: You on a diet?
Ian Finch: A bit, yeah. I had a medical, and apparently I'm 25% fat.
Claire Maddox: Is that bad?
Ian Finch: Yeah, it's more than some snacks.
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Crazy Credits

"Trailer Puppy .... Charlie" See more »


Soundtracks

He'll Have to Go
Written by Audrey Allison / Joe Allison
Performed by Jim Reeves
Published by Music Sales Group
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Ltd.
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Way better than most comedies..
6 June 2016 | by DrWilliamWonkSee all my reviews

In all likelihood it went over many people's heads, considering how inundated we are with pointless comedies that often receive a far higher rating on IMDb or higher ticket sales at the box office.

Great to see Eric Bana killing it again, but this time figuratively in a role as a self-confident, rogue reporter at a local news station. So too is the rest of the hilarious character gallery, along with their quirky foibles, from the manipulative money-grubbing sociopath played by Vera Farmiga to the over-emotional America Ferrera. Not to mention Gervais in the leading actor playing a fumbling doofus technician with low self-esteem, but with the redeemable quality of being kindhearted and well-meaning. Until he snorts coke, that is.. The film has a fair amount of subtle humor baked into the dialogue and contains a broader societal satire e.g. on the superficiality of news media, on the obsession with fame in today's docusoap infested society, and on the callous amorality of the drug gangs of Latin America, etc.

It's also a feelgood movie you leave with a smile, but that nonetheless doesn't suffer from being syrupy and maudlin which is so typical for the genre. The low-budget remake of the original French film feels like a fresh take in a world where Hollywood constantly churns out focus group-tested flavorless rom-coms.


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