Everybody loves Ricky Gervais. It seems that way. Ever since he became internationally famous for the role of David Brent in the original British version of The Office, he has attracted a pretty big following and fan base being seen in everything from Alias to The Simpsons and Hollywood hits like Night at the Museum to Stardust. He just has a certain charm that keeps you smiling. He really is a pretty funny fellow, as well. But can he carry an entire film for 90 minutes? That is the question. I can tell you that he does his very best at it.
Ghost Town is the story of “Bertram Pincus [who] 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. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle, with spirited results.”
Ghost Town really isn’t a bad film. It’s a nice little date movie to take the wife to. It does have some pretty funny parts in it that will help you to pass the time. It’s one of those harmless and forgettable films that you watch when you’ve seen all the other movies in the theater. It just suffers from being just another one of the movies you put in line with Heart and Souls, Ghost, and Over Her Dead Body. There’s just nothing new here.
Greg Kinnear does a great job playing the dead husband. Tea Leoni carries her weight in the film as the widow of Kinnear who is still dealing with not being able to get closure over finding out right before he died that he was having an affair. In fact, there are no real complaints about any of the acting. Everyone did really well. It really was just an idea that seemed to be stretched too thin and didn’t know when to stop.
When it’s all said and done, this will be another one of those movies that you catch lying around the house Sunday afternoon. Either that or it will be the one last new release at Blockbuster you haven’t seen yet. Or maybe you need a safe bet for a date night with someone you don’t know well enough yet.
Source: Yahoo! Movies