Ghost Town

Ghost Town

David Koepp (2008)

98min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ricky Gervais's deadpan humour translates uncomfortably to the big screen in David Koepp's sappy supernatural romantic comedy. In his first Hollywood starring vehicle, Gervais plays a misery-guts Manhattan dentist who dies briefly during a routine operation and wakes up with the ability to see dead people. All these ghosts are seeking closure of one sort or another, including philandering Greg Kinnear, who wants wife Téa Leoni's remarriage plans sabotaged. When Gervais reluctantly becomes embroiled in their relationship, his unlikeable Scrooge persona starts to give way to an inner sweetness. Unfortunately, the mild-mannered comedy feels forced here and the weak romantic element is equally awkward. Expert support from Kinnear and Leoni offsets Gervais's fitfully amusing sarcasm, but no one can make this zing with the spirit it sorely needs.

Summary

A bad-tempered dentist has a near-death experience and finds himself able to see ghosts. He is irritated to find that all the spirits need him to sort out their unresolved problems from when they were alive, particularly a man who wants the grouchy dentist to stop his widow from remarrying. Comedy, starring Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni.

Cast & Crew

Bertram Pincus Ricky Gervais
Frank Herlihy Greg Kinnear
Gwen Tea Leoni
Richard Billy Campbell
Marjorie Dana Ivey
Dr Prashar Aasif Mandvi
Irish Eddie Brian d'Arcy James
Director David Koepp
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Some swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 24 Oct 2008
Comedy Drama