Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Ghost Town (2008) PG13 - 3 Stars

Though this movie has a good message about not becoming an uncaring asshole and taking the world for granted, I found it to move too slow for my taste. While it has some chuckles, like the dog with the air freshener scene, and a lot of great acting, it's one of those movies that you can get up and walk away from and not feel your missing something. Gervais has some great one lines and it's cute with a romantic touch but I seemed to enjoyed it more at the end than watching from the start.

A bored with the world and it's people, dentist, Dr. Pincus will encounter an annoying ghost to create major change on his life. After under going a routine colonoscopy, Pincus dies for 7 minutes and when brought back to life, now has the strange ability to converse with the dead.

Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), is a dentist who routinely goes through his day avoiding as many people as he can. He finds the conversation of his patients, co-workers, neighbors and just about everyone else on the planet, feverishly annoying. After a routine medical procedure where he actually dies for 7 minutes, he is reawakened with a new sensory perception. He can now see and speak to the dead. With his already annoyance of fellow mankind, these new intruders are looking for his help to get messages to their loved ones so they can move on. One in particular is Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear).

While Frank was arranging a love shack for his new Mistress, a large A/C unit crashes to the ground, barely missing him causing his reactions to step foot in the path of an oncoming bus. Next thing he knows, he's dead. Months later, Frank deeply regrets his unfaithful behavior to his wife Gwen (Téa Leoni), as he sees she is about to marry another man, Richard (Billy Campbell), and starts following the dentist to help make amends with his wife. It's Frank's final wish for Pincus to convince Gwen that Richard is not the one for her. But in the process, Pincus develops his own undying love for Gwen, causing major changes in his own circle of life.

DreamWorks, Paramount Pictures, United International Pictures (UIP)
Director: David Koepp
Writers: John Kamps, David Koepp
Producer: Gavin Polone
I viewed 2/10

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