Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Movie Review - Ghost Town

Yesterday was a rainy sort of indoor day and with time on our hands, we decided to go to a movie. Selected was "Ghost Town" starring Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear, sort of a "Topper" meets "The Sixth Sense". We had never seen Gervais in anything, having acquired his fame in British TV as writer, director, producer and actor (most notably the original "The Office" show).

We were pleasantly surprised that we really loved the movie! Gervais plays an antisocial dentist, Bertram Pincus, who likes nothing better than a patient with a mouth full of cotton so he doesn't have to talk to anyone. He dies, but is revived during a medical proceedure and finds he can see ghosts who have unfinished business with the living, and hilarity ensues. Gervais has the ability of being funny without trying to be funny and combined with the personality tics of the downright rude Pincus the movie is elevated above normal romantic comedy fare.

Besides the great Gervais, Kinnear is ok, Tea Leoni is very good, but Kristin Wiig steals the show in the couple too-short scenes where she appears. We rate it a "9 out of 10". Now in it's second week of release, it likely won't be around long as the fall blockbusters come in, but definately do check it out!

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