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Ghost Town

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Ricky Gervais, Ghost Town
Sarah Shatz

Ghost Town

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
103 minutes
Wide Release Date:
09/19/08
performer:
Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni
director:
David Koepp
author:
68283, 3804
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B-

Ever since his breakout role as clueless, clownish boss David Brent in the BBC version of The Office, Gervais has been fine-tuning the art of playing awkward, self-centered jerks who don’t realize they’re awkward, self-centered jerks. In his first Hollywood lead, Gervais again tackles just such a man — Bertram Pincus, a misanthropic New York dentist who, after briefly flatlining during a routine colonoscopy, wakes up with the annoying ability to see ghosts. Enter the no-longer-living-but-equally-self-centered Kinnear, who begs Gervais to woo his widowed wife (Leoni) before she weds a humorless do-gooder (Billy Campbell). Says Gervais of his assault on the U.S. ? multiplex: “Just what America wants — a fat, British, middle-aged comedian trying to be a semi-romantic lead.”
OUR TWO CENTS The premise sounds a bit high-concept, but Gervais’ nasty wit should help. 9/19

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