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Ghost Town (2008)

Ricky Gervais , Greg Kinnear , David Koepp  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni, Jordan Carlos, Dequina Moore
  • Directors: David Koepp
  • Writers: David Koepp, John Kamps
  • Producers: Ezra Swerdlow, Gary Barber, Gavin Polone, Joseph E. Iberti, Roger Birnbaum
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L58000
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,641 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghost Town" on IMDb

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Ricky Gervais is brilliant in Ghost Town, playing an unnervingly rude dentist, Bertram, who dies for a few minutes during surgery and acquires the unwanted ability to see ghosts. Chased throughout Manhattan by a gaggle of restless spirits begging him to take care of their unfinished business on Earth, Bertram turns them all away except Frank (Greg Kinnear). The latter, a rogue who cheated on his archaeologist widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni), wants Bertram to intervene in a romance between Gwen and a starchy activist (Bill Campbell). Misanthropic Bertram has to polish his relationship patter, but ends up sounding a lot like Gervais' infamous character in the original The Office, unable to complete a sentence without making others uncomfortable. In time, of course, Bertram falls for the wonderful Gwen, setting up a bunch of overlapping conflicts. Cowritten and directed by David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Ghost Town walks a fine line between comic freshness and a story idea with elements that have become overly familiar in movies and on television. Kinnear and Leoni have never been better on screen, but Ghost Town is well worth seeing because no one like Gervais has previously played the hapless hero in a high-concept film such as this one. With Gervais doing his familiar, hilariously discomfiting thing, it really doesn't matter what kind of movie Ghost Town is. Happily, it's a pretty good film in every respect. --Tom Keogh




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A spirited romantic comedy, Ghost Town is the story of Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), a cranky Manhattan dentist who develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. But, when a smooth-talking ghost (Greg Kinnear) traps Bertram into a romantic scheme involving his widow Gwen (Tea Leoni), they are entangled in a hilarious predicament between the now and the hereafter!

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gervais does a rom-com!! AND IT WORKS!!!! December 8, 2008
Format:DVD
I've thought of Ricky Gervais as many things, but not "romantic-comedy star." But for those willing to take a visit to GHOST TOWN, you'll find him to be a pleasantly agreeable star after-all.

Not that Gervais' Dr. Pincus, a dentist, is pleasant. He's a quiet man, eager to do all he can to stay away from his fellow man, whether by sneaking past an office party for the exit, or not holding an elevator door open for a fellow apartment building dweller. He has disdain for ALL of mankind, and chose the life of a dentist because he can pretty much keep his patients from talking by opening their mouths and shoving things in them. Gervais, as we know from his work on THE OFFICE and EXTRAS, is perfect at this sort of misanthropic character. Unengaged with those around him, full of easy (and hilarious) contempt. The smart remarks he tosses off under his breath are quite funny. Frankly, he reminded me of something akin to Hugh Grant's older, more unpleasant brother.

Early in the film, Dr. Pincus goes in to the hospital for some minor surgery in a very indelicate spot on his body. To avoid the humiliation, he insists on a general anesthetic...and something goes wrong. He dies for seven minutes ("a little less than seven"), and when he comes to, he can suddenly see, be seen by, and interact with ghosts. And New York City is FULL of ghosts. They're all "people" with unfinished business, and in Dr. Pincus, they see a chance to finally get someone to finish their business for them so they can "move on." One particular ghost, played with his usual oily ease, is Greg Kinnear, who wants Gervais to bust up the impending marriage between his widow (Tea Leoni) and a no-good human rights attorney (Billy Campbell...looking 15 years older all of a sudden).
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Pincus is just delectable! November 28, 2008
Format:DVD
A Brit in New York dies on the operating table. After being resuscitated, discharged and leaving the hospital, he finds he can see and communicate not only with the living, but also with the dead. As soon as the dead discover his secret they just won't leave him alone...
I have always found Ricky Gervais (The Office, Extras) incredibly Englishly funny. In Ghost Town he did not disappoint. He was hilarious from the first to the last minute, what facial expressions! But what got to me, was how sexy his character, Dr Pincus, became as he developed as a character throughout the film. By the end of the film I was positively infatuated with Dr Pincus! The contrasting setting (New York) added to the sense of Englishnes mentioned. Excellent.
The film is not just a thigh-slapper though, particularly the middle of the film is quite touching. It makes a pleasant 'Christmas story' (although not set during Christmas, it smacks of being somewhat Dickensian in its theme), has that feel-good factor, and could even pass for romantic comedy.
Lots of quotable one-liners.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ricky Gervais makes it awesome! December 28, 2008
Format:DVD
This movie came and went quickly in theaters, but as is so often the case, that is no indication of how great this movie is. Ricky Gervais is brilliant, and as a long-time fan I knew I wanted to see this. (If you haven't already, be sure to check him out in BBC's "The Office" and "Extras", and of course in "Ghost Town"). This movie is charming, poignant, and thanks to Gervais, very funny. His humour and talent are matchless and so enjoyable to witness. You have to see this movie!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! Sweet! Buddies! Cinematography, too! January 30, 2009
Format:Amazon Instant Video
How was this movie passed over by the public? It should have made $$$.
It is the BEST all-around date/couples/friends movie. Beautifully shot in Manhattan (makes me want to live there) This movie is funny with laugh out loud yuks.
There's a love story super sweet and it's also got male bonding buddies.
Tea Leoni is so pretty Ricky Gervais is funny as you expect but with a side of maturity and character development.
Please see this movie-it is wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun film with a good BD presentation December 19, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
A fun romantic comedy that manged to pull off a good high definition transfer. The story is familiar with cantankerous ghosts, witty comedy, NY in the winter while falling in love, etc., but the cast/crew pull off a fun play on words and feelings with (as the director mentions several times in the commentary & BD docus) a believable open ending. This is a re-watchable film that I think most guys will dig; The majority of the screen time contains the dialogue/schtick of Kinnear & Gervais but the ladies will obviously love the whole romcom thing.

For not being a high-budgeted FX film, the CG looked very presentable and did not show any real artifact on the BD. The docus are the same as on the DVD. The main docu has plenty of info on the making of the film, the Ghostly Effects is a short, uneventful clip on how they interlaced the CG, but it does provide one surprise on a scene that did not appear to be CG. The highlight though, especially for Gervais fans is the Some People Can Do It feature, which is actually the outtakes and bloopers - hilarious.

The colors were outstanding on the BD for having so many interior shots, and some of the NY exteriors looked outstanding in HD. Obviously not a thorough sound or visual test for your display, but worth the purchase for multiple viewings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun
Finally a well written comedy with interesting dialog that doesn't depend on shock value to make a person laugh. You'll watch it over and over.
Published 2 days ago by P. Zimmermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and uplifting! Easy going story- great movie to unwind...
Ricky Gervais is always great IMO. Tea Leoni was a delight to watch! Very sweet story. Break out the popcorn and put your feet up and get ready for a lighthearted and very funny... Read more
Published 4 days ago by melissa w.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good entertainment
An actual comedy that maintains interest to the end! We have watched this movie multiple times and still enjoy it.
Published 20 days ago by Kathleen Chmielecki
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Good flick, not boring and I didnt want to kill myself halfway thru. Chick flick? Yes....but bearable for most guys.
Published 1 month ago by Dale NC
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gervais
Fine performances by Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, and Tea Leone. Kristen Wiig is hilarious in a small role. If you like Gervais, you'll love the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Susan C
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
This not only stars Ricky Gervaise, but has a major role played by Greg Kinnear. Two for the price of one! I love it; you may, as well.
Published 1 month ago by Corney
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie night
Watched this with hubby and we both enjoyed this movie. Then showed it to our movie night group. All enjoyed the movie and were curious as to why they had never heard of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea N. Boswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Grat item.
Already left a review of this item. Love this item. Please don't force your customers to write more than they want just to fill a word quota. It is very annoying.
Published 2 months ago by G
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute romantic comedy
Great movie if you are looking for something to lighten your mood. There is some apparent ad libbing by Ricky Gervais that sends
Tea Leoni over the top, and it's impossible to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David M Longdon
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great actors and very humorous yet sweet. Clever and just the right length. Was recommended to me by a movie-buff friend.
Published 3 months ago by Maria D.
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