Ghost Town [2008] Movie Review Recommendation

Ghost Town [2008]

He sees dead people, and they annoy him. agle Eye 1-shtThat tag-line can very well describe this American comedy with a British twist. Written and directed by David Koepp, the man behind Death Becomes Her, you already know what to expect. Comedies like this are about conflict, resolution and frustration, and who better to portray those emotions than a grumpy British dentist who hates people. His choice of occupation is also interesting, especially when you consider the fact that no one likes dentists and some even think they are secret sadists. With a setup like this, the movie writes itself. Although dealing with death, alienation and other fun stuff, this is an easygoing romantic comedy with a familiar main plot. I mean how many times the dead tried to contact the living? Maybe this time they will get lucky, who knows…

Bertram Pincus (just remembered one of the X-Files episodes) is grumpy dentist who does not like anyone, and he is trying to avoid any contact with humans. But that’s about to change when he starts seeing ghosts, and not just ordinary ghosts, he sees ghosts that are bothering him to talk to their live relatives. This all happened after his heart stopped ticking for seven minutes during a routine colonoscopy. Ricky Gervais played his role masterfully and Greg Kinnear too, although he can get irritating from time to time. Starring in his first lead role, Ricky was a perfect casting choice and if you want more proof, check out The Invention of Lying. If they chose Sandler or Carrey this would have been an entirely different movie…

Director: David Koepp

Cast: Greg Kinnear, Ricky Gervais, Aasif Mandvi, Raymond J. Lee, Dequina Moore,Jordan Carlos

Fun Facts: Dr. Bertram Pincus is named after the inventor of dental veneers, Dr. Charles Pincus.


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