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  • 'Special Correspondents': Ricky Gervais Comedy Is Nothing Special

    Special Correspondents, a Netflix Original production that starts streaming on Friday, stars Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana as New York City news-radio employees assigned to cover a revolution in Ecuador, which strains credulity right from the start. Gervais, who wrote and directed, plays radio engineer Ian Finch, whom we’re supposed to think is—well, I’ll quote the description of him provided by Bana’s character—“an ugly runt mongrel dog that no one wants.” Certainly Ian’s wife, played by Bates Motel’s Vera Farmiga, who’s portrayed as a cold meanie, doesn’t want Ian. Bana’s Frank Bonneville, on the other hand, is a handsome fellow who gets by on faking his dashing bravado.