Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Ghost Town (DVD)

He sees dead people... and they annoy him.

I love that tag for the movie Ghost Town. This romantic comedy stars Ricky Gervais as Bertram Pincus, a NYC dentist who hates people, and ghosts. Ever since he almost died during surgery, he can see and talk to dead people. So since the dead have unfinished business, they all have a ton of favors to ask of him. One of those ghosts is Frank (Greg Kinnear), a smooth talking character who is trying to stop the remarriage of his widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni). Since Frank vows to make Bertram’s life a living hell unless he helps him with his plan, Bertram has no choice but to go along. However, what starts out as a task for Bertram to ruin Gwen’s marriage takes a quick turn as he suddenly develops feelings for her. This is where the “romantic” part of the film comes in. Ghost Town actually turned out to be one of the better romantic comedies I’ve seen in a while. The comedy didn’t feel forced and the entire cast was great in each of their roles. Ricky Gervais was especially funny in his portrayal of the bitter character Bertram. Pay close attention each time he gets ticked off because that’s where he comes off the funniest. If you’re looking for a smart romantic comedy that isn't too sappy, then Ghost Town is just the film.

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