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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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references)
Genre: Documentary, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: David Koepp, John Kamps
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 27, 2008
Box Office: $13.2M
DreamWorks/Paramount Distribution - Official Site


Greg Kinnear
as Frank Herlihy
Ricky Gervais
as Bertram Pincus
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
Brian Hutchinson
as accident bystander
Claire Lautier
as Upper East Side lady
Tyree Simpson
as sneezy cop
Julia Murney
as sneezy lady
Betty Gilpin
as WWII nurse
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News & Interviews for Ghost Town

Critic Reviews for Ghost Town

All Critics (182) | Top Critics (43)

One poor soul is buck naked. I don't even want to know how he kicked the bucket.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

The big screen's best use of the talents of the sarcastic, ever put-upon Mr. Gervais.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Movie Nation

Dozens of other movies have romped on the same grass. But Gervais spritzes everything in Ghost Town with a delightfully refreshing comic mist.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

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.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
Movie Talk

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."

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

The pudgy Brit looks right at home here on the big screen, starring in a romantic comedy in which we're asked to believe he might have a chance with Tea Leoni. And you know what? He makes us believe.

Full Review… | December 24, 2009
Florida Times-Union

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

Ghost Town Quotes

WWII nurse: Come back soon.
Bertram Pincus: What a terrible thing to say in a hospital.
– Submitted by Manuela V (3 years ago)
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.
– Submitted by Manuela V (3 years ago)
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...
– Submitted by Manuela V (3 years ago)
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]
– Submitted by Manuela V (3 years ago)

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