In his first top billing in a feature film, Ricky Gervais sees dead people. Socially stunted Bertram Pincus (Gervais) dies unexpectedly only to be miraculously revived shortly after. The downside is he now sees ghosts everywhere. Worse still, they all seem to need his help, especially Frank (Greg Kinnear), who wants Pincus to stop his widow's (Tea Leoni) impending wedding.... More
Gervais' most successful outings to this point have seen him pull double shifts as both actor and writer. This time the latter duty falls to director David Koepp, whose scriptwriting experience is rooted in blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones IV.Hide
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Bascially, Ghost Town involves Gervais doing a version of The Office's David Brent transplanted to Manhattan. He's Bertram Pincus, a misanthropic dentist who can suddenly see and hear ghosts. This ability, attained after he "died" for a few minutes during an operation, leads him to be bothered by Manhattan's ghost population, who all have unresolved issues. Pincus not only sees dead people, he hates hates dead people.
The most persistent ghost is Frank (Greg Kinnear) who wants Pincus to break up his widow Gwen and her new fiancé. Instead, since this is a formulaic rom-com, Pincus falls for Gwen (Tea Leoni) and tries desperately, in his inept, off-putting, creepy way, to romance her.
Despite valiant attempts to make the awful Pincus likable, there is no real reason why someone like Gwen would possibly fall for a short, mean, potato-faced guy like him.
There are some amusing moments and it's not as crude, rude or nude as recent raunchy rom-coms such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but this one's really most appealing for die-hard Gervais fans.
Reviewed by Margaret Agnew - Margaret's day job is chief film reviewer for The Press newspaper, she also writes the film blog Reeling.
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Low-key, unassuming, off-the-shelf American rom-com, raised several levels above the normal dire standard of this ilk by Gervais' wonderfully dry adlibbing. Came so close to pulling off a great finale, but they lost their bottle. Shame. Still, I sniggered through most of the movie. It won't change your life, but it has its moments
The story line is kinda worn a bit now - i see dead people and they all need my help - but the film doesn't try to pretend it is anything new. Instead Ghost Town is a humorous, entertaining film with a nice twisted storyline.
My only complaint on the story line is that the David Brent character should have figured out... More earlier on how to get rid of the ghosts - I mean has he not seen Ghost Whisperer or Medium. But then again once he does figure it out there isn't much between then and the end so I guess it is lucky it didn't happen too early on - the film would have been very short.
Great ending I didn't see that coming.Hide
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