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He sees dead people... and they annoy him.
Bertram Pincus, is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.
When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought it seemed like a quaint and interesting story. I've always had an undying fascination for things like ghosts and life after death (whether it be a comedy or otherwise) which I why I reckoned this to be a pretty safe bet. All I got, however, was an overly sentimental, unfunny snoozefest of a movie, whose only real success was in destroying a perfectly good plot idea. That being said, I don't think I'll be as swift to ignore the reviews the next time around. Because had I taken note of the general opinion of this film, I might have avoided wasting nearly two hours of my life. Time that could have been spent watching something way more enjoyable, like (for instance) Peter Jackson's The Frighteners, which has some similarities to this film, except doesn't suck.
I remember seeing and loving this with my brother and granddad for the first time in 2008, and nothing's changed. Every time I watch this I expect to fall out of love with it, but it remains an underrated, genuinely laugh-out-loud funny guilty pleasure.
Sure, it's not perfect. There's a lot that makes no sense, and it has no originality whatsoever. But it has a big heart, consistent laughs, a great soundtrack, and excellent performances - not least from Ricky Gervais.
The final shot of Téa Leoni in the doorway is wonderful.
Started poor, but worked well toward the end. Tough decision between, two 1/2 or 3, but simply out of respect for the film . . .and Ricky Gervais 3 stars is suitable.
Standard 2000s comedy fare. Sometimes hit-and-miss, unoffencive with some unique additions. Nothing spectacular, but gets the job done in the way that a Ricky Gervais helmed comedy does.
Ghost Town is a surprisingly successful attempt to turn Ricky Gervais into a Hollywood romcom lead (who's next, Dudley Moore? Oh right), conventional without appearing compromised, and agreeably lacking in lazy anti-Britishness. Gervais plays a misanthropic dentist who dies on the operating table and returns to life to find he can see ghosts - and they all want his help. The most overbearing is tuxedoed adulterer Greg Kinnear, who's desperate for him to break up the marriage of ex-wife Tea Leoni. There's a bit of Sixth Sense in there, a lot of Groundhog Day and a chunk of Amélie, but Ghost Town does ultimately carve out a small niche of its own, with a fair few laughs (the funniest bit…
Ghost town is a slow comedy with very few laugh out loud moments. Rick Gervais is the main character who during a standard operation dies for a couple of minutes. Once he leaves the hospital door his life is never the same again as he is able to see and speak to dead people. The problem is that he is a very antisocial character who enjoys his privacy and loneliness and finds these dead people very bothersome and annoying. The comedic premise comes from his anti social behavior and the ghosts who do not leave him alone however they fall too short in their comedic efforts. Gervais seems sort of annoying at some points and I have to admit I…
Good when it's funny, but excruciating when Gervais gets to play romantic.
Bland, both in most of it's comedy and it's storytelling, but manages to have a few sincere and decent moments towards the end.
usually i hate ricky gervais but i kinda liked this movie
Moving and funny; a lighthearted Suxth Sense
"Come back soon!" "What a terrible thing to say in a hospital."
This film is a tough one for me to rate. I like the concept, so initially this movie works for me. It's pretty derivative, but some of the concepts are fun and unique (it makes you think twice about sneezing, doesn't it?). Unfortunately, it's just got an odd feel to after a while. I'm not a big fan of Ricky Gervais, but I do like Tea Leoni so she helps it a bit. As I said, this one was a decent movie. I liked it while watching it, but the more I think about it now, after the fact, the less I like it.
A strong formula comedy that gets an extra jolt of originality from an improvisatory performance by Ricky Gervais.
Gervais plays a Manhattan dentist with an over-sensitive gag reflex who hates people. When he accidentally dies for seven minutes during a routine medical procedure, he finds upon waking that he can see and converse with dead people, who want his help in finishing up unresolved business. One of these, a smarmy, cheating husband (played by Greg Kinnear) wants him to help prevent his widow (Tea Leoni) from marrying a guy he doesn't like. Guess what...Gervais falls in love with her himself.
There's a lot of standard obligatory plot in "Ghost Town" that's specific to the genre: we have to sit through…
Whilst not laugh out loud funny this comedy did have it’s moments. The story is what kept me interested in this one. It really worked well and by the end of the film it was a little touching. Ricky was good though he does seem to just play himself a little.
It's sad when most parts of a movie are well constructed independently but then fail to create a great cinematic experience. The script is ok, with some great, funny dialog lines. The storyline is predictable but nonetheless enjoyable and the performances (platform-for-putting-téa-leoni-in-every-movie™ has sponsored this review) are good. And still shitty 3 mins. explanatory takes with just folksy music in the background and a poor job on the character development of the supporting roles makes the film feels sporadicly like a 4pm TV movie. The good parts make the film worth watching though, even if it lets you with the feeling that now the ghost of a really great movie is wandering the streets of New York.