Ghost Town

Ghost Town

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Director: David Koepp

Cast: David Koepp, Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear

     
 

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Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear star in director David Koepp's fantasy comedy concerning Bertram Pincus, a dentist who gains the ability to communicate with the dead after momentarily dying during a routine medical procedure. When the dearly departed begin requesting favors from

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Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear star in director David Koepp's fantasy comedy concerning Bertram Pincus, a dentist who gains the ability to communicate with the dead after momentarily dying during a routine medical procedure. When the dearly departed begin requesting favors from Dr. Pincus, the self-absorbed dentist finds that living with ghosts isn't easy. Fortunately, recently deceased businessman Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) agrees to keep the dead at bay if Dr. Pincus will just agree to prevent his widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni), from tying the knot to humorless human rights lawyer Richard (Billy Campbell). According to Frank, Richard is just another morally corrupt gold-digger out to take the wealthy Gwen for all she's worth. At first Dr. Pincus agrees to go along with the ruse, though it isn't long before he begins to question his supernatural sidekick's true motivations.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
During one pivotal moment of revelation in David Koepp's Ghost Town, dentist and insufferable prick Bertram Pincus (brilliantly played by Ricky Gervais) gazes at a poster of Albert Einstein with the quote, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." And, though Pincus cynically dismisses the quote for its inauspicious placement on a novelty poster, it becomes immediately apparent to the viewer watching the film that Ghost Town is, in fact, the feature-length incarnation of one of those inspirational posters that clutter the bargain bins of drugstores everywhere. Sure, it's told with a little more style, a tad more wit, and a genuinely satisfying dash of soul, but at its heart, Ghost Town is a essentially a two-hour filmed version of that very Einstein poster that later prompts the misanthropic Pincus to finally step outside of his comfort zone and realize that the rest of the world doesn't exist simply as an excuse for him to stay locked away in his posh Manhattan apartment chugging laxatives and cursing society. Ghost Town may not be the most original comedy product ever presented to moviegoers -- after all we've seen essentially the same story played out over the years in everything from A Christmas Carol to As Good As It Gets, but it does deliver its message in such a pleasant and entertaining manner that even moviegoers as jaded as Pincus himself are likely to walk out of the theater feeling just a little better than they did before, cranky from contending with the crowd at the concession stand and navigating dark theater aisles in an attempt to find a comfortable seat. And while director and co-writer (alongside John Kamps) Koepp can't be denied credit for making this familiar story not feel like so much regurgitated, feel-good gruel, it's no doubt star Gervais -- and his chemistry with co-stars Greg Kinnear and Téa Leoni -- that keeps the film feeling consistently fresh and enjoyable. It would be easy to despise Gervais' antisocial jerk had the character been played by a less talented actor, but thanks to the talented British comic, Bertram Pincus is entirely sympathetic upon closer inspection -- the kind of reclusive loner we've all known a some point in our lives, an endearing social misfit who's actually quite a cutup on the rare occasion his friends are able to drag him out of his isolated comfort zone and into the real world. Anyone who's ever dreaded going to that upcoming party or social function rather than enjoying a quiet evening at home is sure to identify with Pincus -- even if they themselves may not be quite so vocal about their general distain for humanity -- and that identification is the key to making or breaking a film like Ghost Town. So while it may be neither a highly original masterpiece nor the laugh-out-loud, joke-a-minute riot that sends crowds stumbling into the streets giddy with laughter, Ghost Town is still a passable piece of feel-good fluff that accomplishes the thankless task of delivering a positive message at a time when most movies -- comedy or otherwise -- seem more interested in upping the outrageous ante than in taking the time to tell a genuinely affecting story from a universally humanistic perspective. Does that make Ghost Town old-fashioned? Unquestionably. Is the mood-boost worth cutting the film a little slack? Absolutely. There are far worse sins a movie can commit than being unoriginal, and thankfully for Gervais fans, Ghost Town still manages to charm despite the occasional sense of déjà vu.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302222
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
48,194

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ricky Gervais Bertram Pincus
Téa Leoni Gwen
Greg Kinnear Frank Herlihy
Billy Campbell Richard
Dana Ivey Marjorie
Aasif Mandvi Dr. Prashar
Kristen Wiig surgeon
Alan Ruck ghost dad
Betty Gilpin WWII nurse
Brian d'Arcy James Irish Eddie
Brian Tarantina ghost cop
Jordan Carlos young husband
Dequina Moore young wife
Joe Badalucco accident bystander
Brian Hutchinson accident bystander
Tyree Simpson sneezy cop
Julia Murney sneezy lady
Claire Lautier Upper East Side lady
Bridget Moloney receptionist

Technical Credits
David Koepp Director,Screenwriter
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Sarah Edwards Costumes/Costume Designer
John Kamps Screenwriter
Nicholas Lundy Art Director
Pat McCorkle Casting
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
John Papsidera Casting
Gavin Polone Producer
Sam Seig Editor
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
David Wahnon Sound/Sound Designer
Geoff Zanelli Score Composer

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Ghost Town 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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People say this movie is very funny from a british actor.
Ditch More than 1 year ago
I went into this film thinking that it would be an "O.K." movie... but after watching it, my personal surprise was that it was actually quite enjoyable! If you're looking for a film to take you away for a couple of hours, this might be the one for you... if you can take it lightly! Overall, my surprise was a bit greater than I had originally thought it would be. If you seek a relaxed and kicked back film with a bit of an english twist to the sub-plot, this film should do the trick. Ricky was perfect for the role of the dentist. Tea Leoni and Greg Campbell were also quite enjoyable in their roles to boot! If however, you're easily distracted or get a bit sketchy with somewhat "unusual" humor, this might not be the film to pick up. All in all, I can happily give this a gentle thumbs up. Not a big one, but a gentle one! Enjoy!
ms77 More than 1 year ago
Loved it....a little romance, a little comedy.....this one was fun to watch for the entire family!
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