Ghost Town (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview

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!

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 210405037
UPC 097361401140
UPC 14 00097361401140
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Keywords
Death
Ghosts
New York City
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director and screenwriter David Koepp (STIR OF ECHOES, SECRET WINDOW) brings Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, and Téa Leoni together for a romantic comedy with a twist of the supernatural. Dr. Bertram Pincus (Gervais) doesn't like people very much. In fact, the antisocial dentist does everything he can to avoid interaction with other human beings. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargained for when he is released from the hospital after undergoing a standard procedure: he can see dead people, and they can see him. Suddenly, every ghost in New York City wants Pincus to help clean up their unfinished business. Dapper Frank (Kinnear) is the most persistent ghost, badgering Pincus to help keep his widow, Gwen (Leoni), from making a big mistake. ^Gervais is perfect as Pincus, whose deadpan expressions make obvious his disdain for people. His comic timing is spot on throughout the film. Kinnear makes Frank likable, not an easy feat since he apparently wasn't such an upstanding guy when he was alive and married to Leoni's Gwen. Aasif Mandvi appears as a dentist sharing Gervais's office, and Billy Campbell is Gwen's new love interest. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE star Kristen Wiig is a scene-stealer as Pincus's surgeon, particularly when she is trying to avoid telling her patient what went wrong during his procedure. Dana Ivey and Alan Ruck also appear as ghosts in need of help.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "Gervais stifles the loose-cannon mannerisms of his OFFICE persona to play Dr. Bertram Pincus.....Gervais is a master of the flustered broken thought, and Koepp takes full advantage in scenes that pit Pincus against a distracted doctor and an imposingly large dog." 09/19/2008
USA Today "[There are] super, natural performances in GHOST TOWN, led by the distinctively edgy and witty British comedian Ricky Gervais....A good-natured and engaging fantasy-romantic comedy..." 09/19/2008
New York Times "[A] buoyant comedy....[The characters] resurrect the spirits of classic movie curmudgeons like W.C. Fields and such romantic comedians as Cary Grant and Carole Lombard in Woody Allen territory." 09/19/2008
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "Cheers to David Koepp, who writes blockbusters, directs occultish thrillers and finds a beguiling comfort zone with this zesty, twisted fun." 09/26/2008 p.78
Directors
David Koepp
Actors
Ricky Gervais
Greg Kinnear
Téa Leoni
Cast & Crew
Aasif Mandvi - Star
Ricky Gervais - Star
Greg Kinnear - Star
Dana Ivey - Star
Kristen Wiig - Star
Téa Leoni - Star
Bill Campbell - Star
Sarah Edwards - Costume Designer
Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Sam Seig - Editor
Ezra Swerdlow - Executive Producer
Roger Birnbaum - Executive Producer
Howard Cummings - Production Designer
John Kamps - Screenwriter
Geoff Zanelli - Composer
Gavin Polone - Producer
Fred Murphy - Director of Photography
David Koepp - Screenwriter
David Koepp - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00097361401140
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 102 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
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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