It's a feeling all too familiar and satisfying. A movie is coming to an end, and you feel the credits…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
An intriguing little premise played out so blandly it bores, Ghost Town is another cut-and-paste little Hollywood film with the added bonus of Ricky Gervais playing himself and not a role. Woo-hoo!
However, as this film plods along (from a very foreboding start) it reaches some sincere little moments and touching scenes, and Leoni did a very commendable job, considering.
Very, very average.
Felt like a comedy so I picked this on the ol' HBO GO. I picked wrong.
OK little movie with a couple of good ideas in it and some really funny scenes. It is predictable but I found the ending quite emotional and with a good message about grief.
Weak and cliche ridden.
Óptimo filme para ver quando se chega cansada do trabalho !!
I think when I first watched this I was still completely into Gervais. Now his flavor has wained on me. It's a much more average movie the second time. Still enjoyed it but not as much as before.
Rickey Gervais is do delicate and amazing in this film, his close up shot at the end, with shallow depth of film, as he waits to see if She returns or not, is just delightful. Great romantic comedy.
Interesante, sigue una línea que entretiene. Una buena película de domingo.
esta película ya la había visto, mejor y más divertida: se llamaba the frighteners y la dirigió peter jackson; también en heaven can wait y, con un tema maomenos similar, en chances are. todas mejores que esta ─de la que, con guion y dirección de david koepp y gervais como protagonista, esperaba mucho más.
Ricky Gervais is a terrific talented comedian that manages to diversify and deliver interesting, comical performances with every film he does. With Ghost Town he manages to dwell in the romantic category, and he pulls it off quite well. I found him to be quite humorous here, and he brought something quite different and refreshing to his performance. The story is very good, and I enjoyed the different type of angle of the film. It brought something interesting to the overdone rom com genre, and it worked quite well because the cast and the performances they brought were all very good. Ghost Town is not a great film, but it most certainly is an entertaining film. At times, the film…
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