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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.
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…
Here's the thing. I love Ricky Gervais. I think he's great. I love all his shows, I've seen him live. Where some people see a smug, overhyped fool, I see a comic genius who'll be up there with the Cleese's, Everett's & Barker's one day. But NOT when he's doing stuff like this, because this is simply Gervais-lite. It's Gervais Goes Hollywood. It didn't work in The Invention of Lying and, though this is marginally better, it doesn't work here either.
Gervais is completely miscast in this. You gave the role of grumpy, soulless, sarcastic New York dentist Bertram Pincus to, say, Hugh Laurie, this could really have shined. But this is clearly a case of tailoring an entire project to…
i didn't even think it'd be THAT good... i mean, ricky gervais' performance was constantly funny and it was a very cute, tenderly sad movie. funnily, this could be like one of those cheesy movies but something about it makes it, NOT cheesy. every scene is enjoyable, wonderful.
Not quite Gervais' best film, but it'll certainly keep his fans entertained.
I don't like Ricky Gervais but the story was strong and the concept of the ghosts was good enough to see this to be a great movie.
Similar to Ricky Gervais's other one-concept comedy, "The Invention Of Lying", this unique narrative pulls all of its humor from a well conceived and original idea. Sadly, the primary relationships that hold the tension together don't feel as genuine. I thought it was GOOD.
A very heartfelt film where Ricky Gervais plays a surprisingly sincere witty role. Though it started of a bit boring the film got better and better and i turn out enjoying it very much. Even the dentist jokes made me laugh :-P
Not everything works, but it has its heart in the right place and really builds up steam towards the end. Also it has Ricky Gervais in good form and solid work by Tea Leoni & Greg Kinnear.
Started out schlocky but ended well. Extra star just because Ricky Gervais is in it. Anybody else and it would have been mediocre.
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