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Ghost Town 2008

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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!

Starring:
Greg Kinnear, Jordan Carlos
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Genres Fantasy, Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director David Koepp
Starring Greg Kinnear, Jordan Carlos
Supporting actors Dequina Moore, Joseph Badalucco Jr., Brian Hutchison, Tyree Michael Simpson, Julia Murney, Ricky Gervais, Claire Lautier, Aasif Mandvi, Bridget Moloney, Raymond J. Lee, Joey Mazzarino, Brad Oscar, Kathleen Landis, Téa Leoni, Audrie Neenan, Kristen Wiig, Aaron Tveit, Deborah S. Craig
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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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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I was the first generation born, that has not known a world without television.

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.
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