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Ghost Town (2008)

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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.

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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:
Comedy , Documentary , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
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Box Office:
$13,214,030.00
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Cast

Greg Kinnear
as Frank Herlihy
Téa Leoni
as Gwen
Ricky Gervais
as Bertram Pincus
Billy Campbell
as Richard
Brian d'Arcy James
as Irish Eddie
Dana Ivey
as Marjorie Pickthall
Kristen Wiig
as surgeon
Carlos Jordan
as young husband
Alan Ruck
as ghost dad
Dequina Moore
as young wife
Bridget Moloney
as the receptionist.
Aasif Mandvi
as Dr. Prashar
Brian Tarantina
as ghost cop
Joe Badalucco
as accident bystander
Claire Lautier
as Upper East Side lady
Brian Hutchinson
as accident bystander
Tyree Simpson
as sneezy cop
Julia Murney
as sneezy lady
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Town

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (42)

It is alternately tender, sad and smart. It's also very funny.

November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

This just kind of fell flat.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Enjoyable as it is to see Gervais trying (and often succeeding) to make something of the mediocre dialogue, it's not enough.

Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Funny but familiar, Koepp's comedy feels like a multiplex reincarnation -- we've seen this film before and back then we must have stepped on someone's toes

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Naturally, Koepp makes it his business to redeem this unpleasant character and recast him as an acceptable stand-in for a romantic lead. But cynics should not despair; it's not a complete makeover.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
CNN.com
Top Critic

It's enlivened by the performance of Ricky Gervais as Bertram Pincus, a latter-day Scrooge for whom the living are no less annoying than the dead.

Full Review… | September 19, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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