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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Movie Review - Ghost Town


Movie Title
Ghost Town
Year
2008
Genre
Comedy

Story
It began rather normally when Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), a rich & successful New Yorker, has a seemingly normal phone conversation with his wife – Gwen (Téa Leoni), over a visit from a real estate agent as he walked back to his building. Attempting to avoid discovery by his wife that the agent was indeed to see Frank about his plans to get his mistress an apartment. However, before anything else could happen, Frank was killed in a freak accident.

Cut to successful Dentist Dr Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) – an extremely anti-social, cares for no-one but himself, good for nothing introvert (Just imagine Simon Cowell, but with a mean streak. Sorry Simon, you know we love you...). In a routine procedure that he was undergoing at a hospital, he underwent a near-death experience (well, he was technically dead for 7 seconds). Once revived, he developed the strange ability to see the wandering spirits that still had unfinished business.

The spirits soon drive him nuts as they kept wanting to seek his help in resolving their respective unfinished business. So that they can rest in peace. Among them is Frank who agrees to get the other spirits to stop disturbing Dr Pincus if he helps him resolve his matter with Gwen (who was planning to marry a successful lawyer cum social worker, who is an all-round great guy), ie: stop her from marrying him. So they hatch a plan to get her interested in Dr Pincus instead.

Somehow, he manages to wiggle his way to her heart and Gwen calls off her wedding plans. However, Frank’s spirit was still on earth, hence, he has to find his true purpose for still being there. Frank and Dr Pincus eventually had to discover what it was together.
Acting
Well, I’ve never quite noticed Ricky Gervais before but his deadpan British accent, style & brand of humor kind of is quite endearing. Tea is not quite the right actress for comedies. Having watched her here, in Spanglish and Fun with Dick and Jane. I think she may be more suited toward more serious roles. Greg’s OK. He can almost do no wrong as he’s rather versatile, being equally comfortable in drama or comedic roles.

Overall
Quite an interesting watch and there were quite a few funny moments especially the ones where he interacts with the spirits. It’s not at all scary, so it’s good for kids too.
Rating: 5.5/10

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