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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 (229 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L58000
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,632 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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31 of 34 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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50 of 58 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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32 of 36 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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18 of 19 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gervais is my new favorite comedic actor January 2, 2009
Format:DVD
Gervais manages to take the role of Dr. Pincus and give it soul and a sense of humor. Often romantic comedies come across as routinely predictable, but Gervais manages to make his character someone you have empathy for, even as you wonder at how he can be so socially retarded. The actors were superbly cast, and the underlying message in the movie went straight to the heart. My husband and I both greatly enjoyed the humor, and we both got a little misty eyed in parts. I loved Gervais' understated acting. He played the part beautifully. Tea Leoni is always a favorite, too. I always look forward to seeing her in a movie. All in all, this is a wonderful movie. Well done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, rounded up, for a charming romantic comedy December 27, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Ricky Gervais is perfect for a role such as the one he has in Ghost Town, that of an anti-social individual so full of his own issues that he doesn't notice others around him, except at the times that he's irritated with them. He plays a straight man (in the comedic sense) so well that it allows others to make jokes of him or around him that keep the audience laughing without ever realizing that the humor is all his.

Ghost Town also features, of course, a town full of ghosts, not the least is which is the character played by Greg Kinnear. An adulterer that seems to have unfinished business with his widow that he needs the help of Gervais' Dr. Pincus to help resolve.

Thanks to what some would call a near death experience while having a routine medical procedure done Dr. Pincus sees dead people (ghosts) all around him. Even though Dr. Pincus would like nothing more than to continue to live his lonely existence, getting the ghosts to leave him alone might not be possible if he doesn't cooperate a little.

Téa Leoni plays Kinnear's widow and soon inspires Dr. Pincus to reach out and open himself up, but not, of course, without comedic results.

Ghost Town includes wonderful writing and top shelf acting from everyone involved. In the sparce extras on the Blu-ray version there's a gag reel that shows some of the fun that the cast had making the film. There's also a featurette that shows a little of how the effects were done for the film.

The Picture quality is good on the Blu-ray, though much of the film takes place indoors so we don't get the benefits of panoramic or majestic background scenery to take in and awe inspire us.

Well worth viewing, even if many elements of the film date back to other films and TV shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie - great ending!!
Published 6 days ago by Sharon Rosie Honse
1.0 out of 5 stars one of the most boring movies I have seen
one of the most boring movies I have seen..so boring that I could not even get half way through it, that is how bad it was.
Published 9 days ago by S. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
How can you not like Ricky Gervais? Cute movie. Not too cheesy.
Published 18 days ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good funny comedy, good acting.
Published 20 days ago by Charles Bernardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 24 days ago by dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and different
We really did enjoy this movie.
Published 24 days ago by Sooner gal
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!
Can't help but love watching Ricky Gervais. His droll humor in this film is what makes it work. Nothing profound here, just a very light-hearted, entertaining flick.
Published 29 days ago by LALLAW
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Town
Sweet movie, and funny, was not my choice to watch, but was not bad, very easy to follow no surprise ending
Published 1 month ago by LB Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Super quick shipping & good movie!
I received this DVD in perfect condition and super fast!! Also this is a very "cute" movie...a serious yet very funny movie.
Published 1 month ago by S loves NC
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars- Much Better Than I Expected
Ricky Gevrais is great as a misanthropic Manhattan dentist who is caught up in a bizarre plot involving Ghosts who wander the city seeking resolution of one conflict before they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by R. J. Marsella
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