Monday, January 5, 2009

Ghost Town--Good laughs and a few tears

I just watched the movie Ghost Town and I loved it! I didn't have high expectations going in. One of my least favorite writers David Koepp wrote and directed it. I have to say if this is how he writes when he's not doing a Spielberg movie I'd like to see more of it. What it made good was Ricky Gervais performance as a dentist, but I also think the supporting cast deserves kudos as well. Tea Leoni and Greg Kinnear are the types of actors that are grossly underrated. I also, have to commend Aasif Mandvi who played Dr. Prashar, his patient co-worker.

The gist of the movie is Ricky Gervais' character Dr. Pincus is a major jerk. He's annoying and disrespectful to everyone. His first encounter with Gwen (Tea Leoni's character) results in him pushing the door close elevator so she can't get on. Greg Kinnear's character, Frank is cheating on his wife and planning to buy a pad for him and his mistress. Before all is said and done in a freak accident an A/C unit falls in front of him and it sidesteps into the street. Then a bus comes and runs him over. He begins haunting Pincus, because he believes in order for him to cross over he has to prevent his wife from marrying this other guy. Naturally, Pincus falls for her and the movie strays from the typical cliches one of them being that the "other guy" in this instance isn't a jerk, but a humanitarian aide worker. When you get closer to the end and it is revealed what is the true intent of the ghosts in this film it will make you cry. It will resonate with you long after the movie is over.

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