Ghost Town
Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni
Directed by David Koepp
Dreamworks 2008
102 minutes

Comedy gives up the ghost in Ghost Town. You would think a movie that teams Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear would have more spirit than this stiff. All Ghost Town is is a by-the-numbers mix of romantic comedy and ghost jokes. This comedy DVD isn’t even a decent second rental on what else is on night.

Once you get past the set-up this Ricky Gervais comedy runs out of steam pretty quickly. Gervais plays Bertram Pincus an antisocial New York dentist who wakes up after a colonoscopy and realizes he sees ghosts and can communicate with them. One of the ghosts is Frank (Kinnear), a philandering. Frank wants Pincus to seduce his wife/widow Gwen (Tea Leoni) before she marries a lawyer he does not like.

You soon get tired of the Gervais talking to Kinnear but everybody thinks he is talking to no one gag especially since with Bluetooth anybody talking to himself is normal. Plot holes large enough to drive an IMAX screen through abound such as how easily Frank gets all the other New York ghosts to leave the Pincus alone if he does him the favor.

Pincus becomes a lovable character and of course falls for Gwen. Then stuff happens and he learns a life lesson.

There’s a naked guy in this movie. For no other reason than cheap jokes. Ghosts wear what they were wearing when they died and there’s only one naked ghost in New York?

If you really want a good ghost comedy with a romantic twist, Heart and Souls with Robert Downey Jr, Kyra Sedgwick, and Elizabeth Shue is a much better DVD


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