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.
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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 WWII nurse
as the receptionist.
as Dr. Prashar
as ghost cop
as accident bystander
as Upper East Side lady
as sneezy cop
as sneezy lady
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Town
It is alternately tender, sad and smart. It's also very funny.
Enjoyable as it is to see Gervais trying (and often succeeding) to make something of the mediocre dialogue, it's not enough.
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
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.
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?|