Ghost Town DVD Review

28 Mar



The other night I went over to my parents house where mom and I watched Ghost Town on DVD. I remember seeing the previews for Ghost Town and wanting to see it, but 2008 was a busy movie year so I never did. Mom added it to her Netflix queue and the next thing we knew, we had it!

Ghost Town stars Ricky Gervais (from the original The Office) as a jerk dentist. My mom is a dental hygienist, so she knows jerk dentists! Her current dentist is the exception to the jerk dentist rule however! Unfortunately, mom was quick to point out the inaccuracies in the dental procedures in the movie. It didn’t ruin the movie, but they definitely screwed some stuff up. Moving on.

Bertrum Pincus (Gervais) was a loner jerk dentist who goes to the hospital for a routine colonoscopy. He wakes up the next day and leaves the hospital thinking nothing had happened. Unfortunately for him, he finds out later that he actually died for seven minutes. This brief brush with death has allowed him to see ghosts. Not all ghosts though, only specific ghosts who are stuck in New York because of some unfinished business.

Very quickly the ghosts, who are used to being walked through (which makes you sneeze) realize that he can see them and begin to follow him around. At times, it is obvious that Pincus cannot tell the difference between the ghosts and the living.

The “main” ghost in the movie is Frank (Greg Kinnear) and his death is actually the start of the movie. He is a married man with a girlfriend. He thinks he is stuck on Earth because he needs to prevent his widow from re-marrying  a guy he calls a jerk. Pincus agrees to help Frank when Frank promises to keep the other ghosts from bugging him.

Frank’s widow, Gwen (Tea Leoni) lives in Pincus’ building and has run in to Pincus’ rude self many times in the building. This makes it hilarious when Pincus decides that he will attempt to woo Gwen in order to get the marriage broken up and allow Frank to leave the Earth.

The movie follows Pincus’ journey and growth as a person. When he first meets Gwen he corrects her by calling her an idiot. Eventually he grows close enough to Gwen that when it begins to fall apart, he realizes the loneliness of his life and the error of his ways.

Pincus then spends all of his free time helping the ghosts and watching them one at a time have their unfinished business taken care of and finally get their peace. It is during this process that he realizes the ghosts aren’t stuck because of their unfinished business, but that of the living.

The movie makes the case that when someone dies the people they leave behind can hold them here. The main problem comes when Frank appears to be stuck and just breaking the marriage won’t allow him to leave.

I won’t give away how the movie ends, but everyone becomes happy and Frank finally gets to continue on to heaven (I assume) with a nice little twist that is sweet.

Overall it isn’t the best movie ever made, but was very well done. It had some very good comedic moments along with some good sweet romantic moments and balanced it very well. All of the acting was very well done and the story was good, so I’m not sure I can pinpoint where I think it went off a bit.

I give this movie 2.5 out of 5. It is probably a good rent for a date night.

One Response to “Ghost Town DVD Review”

  1. dee March 30, 2009 at 7:32 am #

    I rented it and loved it. Some of the parts where he is trying to be “charming” are almost too painful to watch. It was hilarious and made me laugh the whole time.

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