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Ghost Town
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Jan 8, 2009 By: Jason Adams
Ghost Town order
Director:
David Koepp

Actors:
Ricky Gervais
Tea Leoni
Greg Kinnear

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Bertram Pincus is a surly dentist who hates other people, but after dying for seven minutes on the operating table, heís about to make a lot of new ghostly friends.

Or, Ricky Gervais sees dead people.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Two things worried me about GHOST TOWN. David Koepp, while a good writer whoís been pumping out Spielberg movies for over a decade, is not exactly known for his work in comedy. And the plot of a guy seeing dead peopleÖwell, letís just say it reads like THE SIXTH SENSE with laughter.

The secret weapon here though is of course British comedy god Ricky Gervais who is more than welcome as the delightfully boorish and well-named Bertram Pincus. The character plays similar to the roles Gervais is known for, full of the dry humor made so famous by the UK version of The Office. Itís not a stretch for the comedian, but watered down genius is still something Iíll gladly take.

The rest of the movie thatís not Ricky Gervais holds up. Tea Leoni is still a good and overlooked comedic performer (just watch FLIRTING WITH DISASTER), as is Greg Kinnear. Nobody goes above and beyond (except maybe Kristin Wiig in her cameo), thanks to a fairly formulaic script that tries to work in some romance and drama, but thankfully thereís a little bit of wiggle room for Gervais to do his stuff. Not hilarious but humorous, not great but good, GHOST TOWN is still a solid comedy better than a lot of what passes for funny today.
THE EXTRAS
This kind of movie doesn't need much more than this.

Commentary by director David Koepp and actor Ricky Gervais: Koepp is smart enough to know that nobody wants to listen to him talk to himself for 90 minutes and ropes Gervais to join him in the booth. The pair are comfortable and loose with each other, and self mocking to make it funny. Gervais is of course hilarious, pushing for more dead baby ghosts in the film.

Making GHOST TOWN (22:40): This is a longer and more in depth BTS piece than I expected, with enough bits of Gervais being funny to make it entertaining.

Ghostly Effects (2:02): A look at how they did the walk-through ghost effects, stage by stage.

Some People Can Do It (6:22): A fancy name for bloopers. Thankfully, Gervais is much more lighthearted then the characters he portrays!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The story and script definitely feel familiar, but Ricky Gervais elevates GHOST TOWN to a level where I can comfortably suggest watching it. Itís also a decent and non-threatening way to introduce the comedian to a bigger American audience.

Extra Tidbit: Ten bucks says Gervaisí next project THIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH ends up being a comedy classic.
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