Ghost Town (Blu-ray)

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A spirited romantic comedy, Ghost Town is the story of Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais), a cranky Manhattan dentist who develops the unwelcome ability to see dead people. Really annoying dead people. But, when a smooth-talking ghost (Greg Kinnear) traps Bertram into a romantic scheme involving his widow Gwen (Tea Leoni), they are entangled in a hilarious predicament between the now and the hereafter!

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Studio Paramount
SKU 210405037
UPC 097361401140
UPC 14 00097361401140
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
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Review Ghost Town is one of those romantic comedies that never quite clicks. At times, its humor is effective, provoking chuckles and laughs. At other times, the comedy feels forced and awkward. The romantic element is equally hit-and-miss. The chemistry that emerges between the leads during the film's second half is largely absent from the first 45 minutes. And the premise, rich with promise and pregnant with possibilities, is reduced to a plot device that allows Ghost Town to turn into a low-rent, modern-day version of A Christmas Carol...Ghost Town's comedy is maddeningly inconsistent. Masterful sequences such as the opening one in which Frank meets his demise are interspersed with episodes that not only don't work on a comedic level, but run on for too long...In many cases, the way the ghosts are used (or not used) feels like a wasted opportunity. Ultimately, their purpose is to help Bertram recognize the hollowness of his existence and place him on the path to redemption...Those who take a glass half-full approach to Ghost Town will probably enjoy it the most. There is romance, there is comedy, and there is a feel-good ending. For some, those things will be enough, and the fact that they're not as well developed or effectively nurtured as they might be will not be a significant detraction. Ultimately, however, the movie cries out for an offbeat approach such as the one Marc Forster utilized in Stranger than Fiction. Ghost Town's unwillingness to escape from a safe orbit keeps the movie trapped in mediocrity.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Why do I think Ricky Gervais is so funny in "Ghost Town"? Because he doesn't want to appear funny. He wants to appear aggravated. He plays a character named Bertram Pincus, who does not suffer fools gladly. When you consider everyone to be a fool, that can be a heavy cross to bear. Gervais, a British actor whose work on television is legion, has at last found a leading role in a feature, and it's a good one..."Ghost Town" is a lightweight rom-com elevated by its performances. It is a reminder that the funniest people are often not comedians, but actors playing straight in funny roles. Consider Cary Grant in "Topper" (1937), the obvious inspiration for David Koepp, who directed and co-wrote "Ghost Town" with John Kamps. Because both Gervais and Kinnear seem so urgent in their desires, and because Tea Leoni has a seemingly effortless humor and grace, this material becomes for a while sort of enchanting...Yes, it is required that the plot has some of its characters living happily ever after, and that requires some dialogue that is, excuse me, corny. I suppose it comes with the territory. There is poignancy in a subplot involving Dana Ivey as a woman who wants to communicate with her daughters, and indeed a whole crowd of ghosts hoping to send messages to the other side. We have this comforting notion of our deceased loved ones smiling down benevolently from heaven. Now that they're getting a good look at us, they're probably tearing out their hair.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
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Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post A sweet and hilarious romantic comedy featuring a breakout performance by British comic genius Ricky Gervais...
Joel Stein, Time A hilarious romantic comedy.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune A welcome surprise: a supernatural romantic comedy that works, graced with a cast just off-center enough to make it distinctive.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter A winning mix of sharp comedy and touching bits that keeps the laughter -- a few tears -- flowing.
Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle Both very funny and a bit of a tearjerker, with an on-the-money performance from Ricky Gervais.

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