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Director: David Koepp     Starring: Ricky Gervais Greg Kinnear Téa Leoni
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 210405037
UPC: 097361401140
UPC 14: 00097361401140
Sales Rank: 5321
Category Keywords: Death  Ghosts  New York City  Romance  Theatrical Release
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He Sees Dead People...and They Annoy Him.
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!

"A sweet and hilarious romantic comedy featuring a breakout performance by British comic genius Ricky Gervais...  Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
"A hilarious romantic comedy.  Joel Stein, Time
"A welcome surprise: a supernatural romantic comedy that works, graced with a cast just off-center enough to make it distinctive.  Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A winning mix of sharp comedy and touching bits that keeps the laughter -- a few tears -- flowing.  Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
"Both very funny and a bit of a tearjerker, with an on-the-money performance from Ricky Gervais.  Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's 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.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/31/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 102 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video UPC UPC: 00097361401140
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

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Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Aasif Mandvi
Video Cast Info Ricky Gervais
Video Cast Info Greg Kinnear
Video Cast Info Dana Ivey
Video Cast Info Kristen Wiig
Video Cast Info Téa Leoni
Video Cast Info Bill Campbell
Video Cast Info Sarah Edwards - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Sam Seig - Editor
Video Cast Info Ezra Swerdlow - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Roger Birnbaum - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Cummings - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Kamps - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Geoff Zanelli - Composer
Video Cast Info Gavin Polone - Producer
Video Cast Info Fred Murphy - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Koepp - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info David Koepp - Director

Professional 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

ReelViews 7 of 10
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. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

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