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24th October 2008

Summary:

"Ghost town" is a romantic comedy where Bertram Pincus, a misanthropic dentist (Ricky Gervais) who is not a people person, gets caught up in a supernatural love triangle. Pincus lives a fine line between life and death but however lucky he may be, it is just about to run out after he gains the unpleasant ability to see ghosts. Even worse is that every ghost he sees wants something from him, and they won't stop haggleing him for it, at anytime day or night. Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) is a ghost who befriends Pincus and seems hellbent on ruining his attempts to have a serious relationship with any women. His other ghostly friend (Alan Ruck), is competing with Frank for Pincus' attention. Pincus couldn't stand life with the living, now how is he going to cope with the dead?

Review:

A true delight. Ghost Town is David Koepp's most original script since Death Becomes Her and Death Becomes Her is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Daring, hilarious and elegant. Ghost Town is set in a more recognizable world, recognizable from many different angles, at times it feels we've seen all this before but what sets it apart is its heart. There is real heart here and a real intention. Ricky Gervais is fantastic as the "no people person" his unlikeable persona becomes the most likable aspect of the movie. I was taken by Gervais's predicament and I was never allowed to slip away. I was entertained and delighted throughout.