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.
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.
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…
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.
Quaint and a little underrated, like Tea Leoni.
why would they cast ricky gervais in a movie with no comedy, as a lovelorn, introverted dentist?
Oh Ghost Town, why do you have to suffer from High Fidelity Syndrome?
High Fidelity Syndrome is a cinematic disease I've coined, one that refers to when a movie is hitting all the right notes so well that it's on its way to five stars when things just utterly collapse in the last half hour, to the point where it feels like all the enjoyment the movie has given me earlier feels false, almost like elaborate trolling. Though it is not mandatory to be categorized under High Fidelity Syndrome, both this film and High Fidelity, for which the disease is named, have variations on an unlikable protagonist getting embraced by those he was an asshole to. It just screams of…
Ghost Town is my all time favorite movie. Out of the hundreds I've seen this one stuck out the best. The first I watched I have to be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of it. But I kept watching it over and over again and then I fell in love with this film.
There has not been a film shot to perfection, looks great, sounds great, acting is top notch. But the thing that makes this movie special is the fact that it is super underrated in the year I think is the best year for movies 2008. At least until I was born (2002). Ricky Gervais is such a talented actor and i really like his first directorial…
Ricky Gervais is hilarious.
I love Gervais. And I applaud his ability to get cast as the leading man in a basic Hollywood rip-off of Ghost, and really make it work. Leoni's naturalistic work makes up for Kinnear's sleepwalking perf, so it's up to Gervais - the actor I can think of who is MOST able to make horrible character's sympathetic - to lift this from standard rom-com to something richer, and certainly more funny.
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.
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