Special Correspondents


By Debbie Elicksen.

Special Correspondents (2016) is Netflix Original and remake of 2009 French comedy Envoyes tres speciaux. It is written and directed by Ricky Gervais.

Frank (Eric Bana) is a well-known and egotistical radio reporter. He and his technician Ian (Ricky Gervais) are assigned to cover a rebel uprising brewing in Ecuador. However, just before they are to leave, they lose their passports. They are too embarrassed to tell anyone, so Ian comes up with the idea that because they are in radio, they could fake a war zone and still file news reports. So they house themselves across the street from their own radio station, hoping no one will see them.

The ironic twist of fate is after they fake their stories and subsequent kidnapping, they find a way to actually get to Ecuador — where they are kidnapped for real.

Vera Farmiga plays Ian’s gold-digging wife who not-so-secretly crushes on her husband’s colleague. This comedy is 3.5 stars out of five.

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