Ghost Town

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Ghost Town

David Koepp (2008)

98min
12A 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

In the old West, a gang of outlaws become a Satanic cult and massacre the population of a remote town before committing ritual suicide. In the present day, a busload of students becomes stranded in the town, only to find the spirits of the bandits are still haunting the place. Horror, starring Jessica Rose and Randy Wayne.

Cast & Crew

Bertram Pincus Ricky Gervais
Gwen Téa Leoni
Frank Herlihy Greg Kinnear
Richard Bill Campbell
Surgeon Kristen Wiig
Marjorie Pickthall Dana Ivey
Dr Prashar Aasif Mandvi
Ghost Dad Alan Ruck
Director David Koepp
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Other Information

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