Excerpt: A spirited romantic comedy, 'Ghost Town' is the story of Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), a cranky Manhattan dentist who develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. But when a smooth-talking ghost (Greg Kinnear) traps Bertram into a romantic scheme involving his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni), they become entangled in a hilarious predicament between the now and the hereafter!
Excerpt: What starts as a wry high concept comedy catering to Ricky Gervais' strengths as a comic turns into a sweet and moving relationship film about grieving, certainly a pleasant surprise for those not expecting it to have much to offer beyond its premise and star.
Excerpt: One of my favorite “guilty pleasure” television shows is “Ghost Whisperer”. In it, Jennifer Love Hewitt plays Melinda Gordon, someone who can see and hear (and therefore interact) the spirits of the dead who have not yet crossed over to the “other side.” During the first few minutes of “Ghost Town”, I thought I was watching a feature-length version of this show under a different name. But hey, let’s face it, movies are just fancy television shows right?
Conclusion: Without hesitation, I give 'Ghost Town' a highly recommended mark. Those looking for a sharp, sophisticated romantic comedy (with a whole lot of heart) need look no further than this release. (Those content with 'Confessions of a Shopaholic,' move along, nothing to see here.) Paramount and Dream Works have put together a killer disc, with above-average audio and video and a nice (if small-ish) collection of special features - all in HD!
Excerpt: With the success of his BBC TV series' "The Office" (2001-2003) and "Extras" (2005-2007) and his popular stand-up comedy DVD's it's pretty much set in stone that Ricky Gervais is a comedic genius... so what the hell is he doing in "Ghost Town"? For the last several years we've seen Gervais in small roles in films like "Night at the Museum" (2006) and "Stardust" (2007) but not until now have seen the comedic actor in a lead role.
Excerpt: 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. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy, who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen.
Excerpt: The first two acts take forever to unwind, but the rewarding conclusion almost makes it worth the wait. Ricky Gervais has some great one-liners as the cantankerous lead, Kinnear doesn’'t break any new ground, and Leoni looks fantastic in HD.
Summary: So you're a funny dentist ! For a film billed as a Romantic Comedy, Ghost Town additionally offers both a serious side and a quick-witted funny bone, both of which oftentimes overshadow the more subtle romantic undercurrents the film offers. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that this isn't another carbon-copy genre film that panders to one particular audience with tried and true plot lines, stale characters, and predictable situations.
Excerpt: It may name them in its title, but Ghost Town is a movie which is not very interested in ghosts. Otherworldy spirits are included in the plot, almost begrudgingly, as if the writers only tossed them in there to justify their interesting little film about a lonely curmudgeon to Hollywood’s blockbuster hunger audiences. That’s alright, you don’t need the restless souls of the deceased when you have a talent like Ricky Gervais.