Ghost Town (2008)
Critic Consensus: Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.
Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen.
|Rating:||PG-13 (for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references)|
|Genre:||Documentary, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest|
|Directed By:||David Koepp|
|Written By:||David Koepp, John Kamps|
|In Theaters:||Sep 5, 2008 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 27, 2008|
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as Frank Herlihy
as Bertram Pincus
as Irish Eddie
as Marjorie Pickthall
as young husband
as ghost dad
as young wife
as Dr. Prashar
as ghost cop
as accident bystander
as accident bystander
as Upper East Side lady
as sneezy cop
as sneezy lady
as WWII nurse
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Town
One poor soul is buck naked. I don't even want to know how he kicked the bucket.
The big screen's best use of the talents of the sarcastic, ever put-upon Mr. Gervais.
Dozens of other movies have romped on the same grass. But Gervais spritzes everything in Ghost Town with a delightfully refreshing comic mist.
The Town isn't as impressive as Affleck's directing debut, 2007's Gone Baby Gone, but he handles the action scenes with brutal efficiency and gets terrific performances from his co-stars.
Yes, there are gags about mummy penises and canine halitosis, but other sublime moments recall Albert Brooks' social-satire heyday. Given the otherworldly elements, David Koepp's "Ghost Town" sweetly hits the heights of Brooks' "Defending Your Life."
Audience Reviews for Ghost Town
When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought it seemed like a quaint and interesting story. I've always had an undying fascination for things like ghosts and life after death (whether it be a comedy or otherwise) which I why I reckoned this to be a pretty safe bet. All I got, however, was an overly sentimental, unfunny snoozefest of a movie, whose only real success was in destroying a perfectly good plot idea. That being said, I don't think I'll be as swift to ignore the reviews the next time around, because had I taken note of the general opinion of this film, I might have avoided wasting nearly two hours of my life. Time that could have been spent watching something way more enjoyable, like (for instance) Peter Jackson's The Frighteners, which has some similarities to this film, except doesn't suck.
Can't help get rumblings of 'Ghost' in places here, especially near the end when Gervais is trying to win over the girl...but with a lighter twist. Again its an average film that is fine yet lacking any real bite. I was really hoping for some Gervais gold but it really isn't as funny as it could have been. There are some nice lines but it was screaming for more laughs, I soooo wanted to like it more but its a bit dull really.
Not a bad film, just very plain n average, much like the effects and acting, all kinda nice but abit boring, shame.
My predicted rating: 2.5
I feel this film exceeded my expectations, just because I had been given the impression that it was a complete flop. It's easy watching, with predictability in a "Ghost" meets "Bruce Almighty" type of way.
Ghost Town Quotes
|WWII nurse:||Come back soon.|
|Bertram Pincus:||What a terrible thing to say in a hospital.|
|Bertram Pincus:||Did anything usual happen during my operation?|
|surgeon:||You... uh... died for seven minutes.|
|Bertram Pincus:||I died! For seven minutes!|
|surgeon:||We brought you right back. People die all the time.|
|Bertram Pincus:||Yeah, but it's usually just once... at the end.|
|Bertram Pincus:||Dr. Prashar - you're from a... scary country, right?|
|Dr. Prashar:||...I'm from India...|
|Bertram Pincus:||But, you're not... Christian, like us?|
|Dr. Prashar:||...I'm a Hindu...|
|Bertram Pincus:||Yeah. So, um, how would you extract information from a hostile?|
|Dr. Prashar:||Well... as a... Hindu person... I would just... ask him... politely...|
|Bertram Pincus:||Listen, our time together, as we both know, has been rather unpleasant. But I will say this: even though you're a vulgar man - boorish, distasteful, uncouth, uneducated, *stupid* - at least... [long pause]|
|Frank Herlihy:||You gonna finish?|
|Bertram Pincus:||Done. [shrugs]|
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