I really enjoyed the Ricky Gervais (The Office) anchored romantic comedy Ghost Town, about a dentist who gains the ability to hear and see ghosts after a near-death experience. Gervais is in full British Bastard mode as the easily-annoyed Dentist hounded by ghosts who want his help with their unfinished business. One of those ghosts is a blackberry-addicted, adulterous fast-talker played by Greg Kennier (Flash of Genius, Little Miss Sunshine), who convinces Gervais to help him wreck the impending marriage of his widow, played by underrated actress Tea Leoni (Spanglish, Bad Boys, Deep Impact).
of course, the pudgy curmudgeon eventually falls for Leoni himself, and the romantic part of this comedy kicks in. I really enjoyed the writing, casting and execution of Ghost Town. Gervais plays the anti-social smartass dentist for all the comedic value it's worth... and when he tries to charm Leoni's character, his lack of people skills is hilariously cringe-worthy! it was fun to watch the film's plot break the hardass dentist down to his basic components. He faces his weaknesses and does the right thing because it's eventually all he has left.
romantic comedies are known to telegraph their punches, but this movie makes its biggest mistakes trying to be unpredictable. for once, i wish they had stuck to the formula for the movie's last 15 minutes, where i found the its only flaw coming from trying too hard. that said, i would definitely recommend Ghost Town to anybody as a date movie because it does a great job of having lots of comicbook-style good ideas, a great cast, and genuine human emotion. Because the comedy in the movie is smart and strong, the mushy stuff doesn't try to bowl you over to be effective. when the plot seems to overwork toward the end, just ignore it, and you'll enjoy the movie!
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