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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).Read more ›
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.
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.
My sister has said, "My mom bought a TV in 1948, and it has not been turned off since"
The TV was always on when I was in bed, and I still cannot go to sleep without it.
A while back, admitting you were an avid TV watcher, would label you in many negative ways, among people who considered it "mental masturbation", unless you made a point to say you only watched PBS, and you could prove it if a discussion about "Faulty Towers" ensued.
Today, with TV and the Internet merged with social media, and people texting and tweeting constantly, it is almost a badge of honor in the same circles, to only have "antenna TV", and watch the same shows that were once "sniffed" at.
But what TV did for me, was give me an appreciation of the art of acting, writing, directing, art direction, editing...........
I grew up watching "I Love Lucy", " The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Andy Griffith Show", "The Twilight Zone", and many more.
Of course "I Love Lucy" is revered for the unbelievable talent of Lucille Ball and her costars, as well, and (one of?) the first shows to be shot with 3 cameras, and be saved on film.
But watching it everyday, from a very young age, then seeing every episode many times as an adult, I began to see how unbelievable the writing was. There were usually at least 2 or 3 sub-plots in a half hour comedy show. Most movies now, do not have close to that, or the equivalent, in a 2 hour script.
As a grade schooler, I watched "The Alfred HItchcock Show" every monday night from 10PM to 11.Read more ›
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He's SO awkward and funny! I always like seeing socially-inept, pessimistic professionals. If you feel the same way, you may just like this movie.Published 12 days ago by Your Forte Products
It can be a little slow in the beginning. Looking for the subtle comedy gets one through though. In the end, it turns out to be why most of us go to the movies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. COLLINS
A fun and entertaining movie, just relax and go with it. Be sure to watch the special features, they give insight as to the how and why and then watch the movie again, you'll pick... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roge
Loved this movie! Nice to see a RomCom where a decidely odd, nearly normal guy gets the girl instead of the heart-throb pretty boy -- even if the romance is helped along by a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aunt Buzz
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