Ghost Town Movie Review
Oh I do like a good date movie that can slip under the "guy radar" and Ghost Town really fits the bill. I mean nothing about Ghost Town sounds as though it is a romantic comedy, but to an extent, Ghost Town is a romantic comedy.
At first you might think that Ghost Town is like a lot of other movies about seeing dead people and you would sort of be right. Ghost Town is about a guy who sees dead people and they follow him around and harass him, but that concept has never been done with this much humor. Ricky Gervais plays Bertram who is a truly grumpy and miserable dentist. After he has a near death experience he begins seeing ghost, who once they realize that he can see them start harassing him endlessly to perform different task for them. One of these ghosts is Frank, played by Greg Kinnear. Frank wants Bertram to keep his still living wife Gwen (Tea Leoni) from remarrying Richard (Billy Campbell) who he feels is a horrible guy. In true Hollywood fashion Bertram falls in love with Gwen.
Now, it may seem that it is unlikely that Gwen would go for a guy like Bertram but remember two things. First, its New York City and all sorts of dating and breeding occur in New York City that is unnatural and would not happen just about anywhere else in the world. Secondly, Tea Leoni married sex addict extraordinaire David Ducohovny. Need I really say more? So, in the end its not that unrealistic.
While I know the script sounds really formulaic and parts of it most definitely are, there are a lot of good surprises. If you are looking for a good date movie in disguise then Ghost Town a great pick. Its funny, has some surprises and some pretty decent visuals effects too. But the real glue in Ghost Town is the good acting and a script that has some heart.
Enjoyability Grade B
Home Theater/HD Factor B
Overall Grade B