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Ghost Town (2008)



Critic Consensus: Ricky Gervais' consistently sharp performance and beautifully dry execution transform this otherwise mainstream comedy into an endearing, funny, and altogether snappy romantic comedy. With ghosts.

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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.

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Greg Kinnear
as Frank Herlihy
Ricky Gervais
as Bertram Pincus
Brian d'Arcy James
as Irish Eddie
Dana Ivey
as Marjorie Pickthall
Kristen Wiig
as surgeon
Carlos Jordan
as young husband
Alan Ruck
as ghost dad
Dequina Moore
as young wife
Betty Gilpin
as WWII nurse
Bridget Moloney
as the receptionist.
Aasif Mandvi
as Dr. Prashar
Brian Tarantina
as ghost cop
Claire Lautier
as Upper East Side lady
Brian Hutchinson
as accident bystander
Tyree Simpson
as sneezy cop
Julia Murney
as sneezy lady
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Town

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (49)

Ghost Town is both a surprise and a departure: it's genuinely funny and quietly original. It also shows what Gervais can do in the right role.

February 20, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director David Koepp is almost too careful a craftsman for his own good, but Gervais and Leoni share a talent for throwing the audience off-balance...

February 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is alternately tender, sad and smart. It's also very funny.

November 7, 2008

This just kind of fell flat.

November 7, 2008 | Full Review…

Enjoyable as it is to see Gervais trying (and often succeeding) to make something of the mediocre dialogue, it's not enough.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

The film's premise is high-concept Hollywood at its creakiest.

October 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Ghost Town

When I first saw the trailer for this, I thought it seemed like a quaint and interesting story. I've always had an undying fascination for things like ghosts and life after death (whether it be a comedy or otherwise) which I why I reckoned this to be a pretty safe bet. All I got, however, was an overly sentimental, unfunny snoozefest of a movie, whose only real success was in destroying a perfectly good plot idea. That being said, I don't think I'll be as swift to ignore the reviews the next time around, because had I taken note of the general opinion of this film, I might have avoided wasting nearly two hours of my life. Time that could have been spent watching something way more enjoyable, like (for instance) Peter Jackson's The Frighteners, which has some similarities to this film, except doesn't suck.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Can't help get rumblings of 'Ghost' in places here, especially near the end when Gervais is trying to win over the girl...but with a lighter twist. Again its an average film that is fine yet lacking any real bite. I was really hoping for some Gervais gold but it really isn't as funny as it could have been. There are some nice lines but it was screaming for more laughs, I soooo wanted to like it more but its a bit dull really. Not a bad film, just very plain n average, much like the effects and acting, all kinda nice but abit boring, shame.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

My predicted rating: 2.5 I feel this film exceeded my expectations, just because I had been given the impression that it was a complete flop. It's easy watching, with predictability in a "Ghost" meets "Bruce Almighty" type of way.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

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