Saturday, September 27, 2008

Review: Ghost Town (2008)

This is just a plain old average movie. It's about a crotchety dentist Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) who dies for 7 minutes during a simple medical procedure, and as a result, can see the ghosts of people who still have unfinished business on Earth before they can "move on". Oh, and he's supposed to help them with that. The person with the least amount of people skills in the world. Except when he meets the wife (TeĆ” Leoni) of Frank (Greg Kinnear), who is getting remarried and it is Bertram's job to split them up, but instead he falls in love with her.

What is unbelievable about this movie (beside the ghost thing) is that Ricky Gervais goes from rude and tactless to charming and witty so fast, it seems so laughably scripted. Most of the acting is very very average and the story itself is flimsy. The ending is so saccharine it's dumb. I suppose Gervais and Kinnear have good on-screen chemistry that makes for some good banter, but other than that, there weren't many laughs, just a few giggle-worthy moments here and there.

A true blue September release.

Grade: C

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