February 22, 2009

Ghost Town

Ghost Town

A small film starring Ricky Gervais (The Office), Greg Kinnear, and Tea Leoni.

Ricky Gervais plays a misanthropic dentist, Pincus, who despises the company of his fellow man. Kinnear plays a recently deceased man whose ghost is still hanging around; Tea Leoni is his widow. When Pincus briefly "dies" during a routine colonoscopy, he gains the ability to see ghosts like Kinnear. Ghosts have unfinished business and problems (We who have played World of Darkness call them "fetters"), and since Pincus can see the Ghosts, they, led by Kinnear, want him to solve their problems. Kinnear wants Pincus to break up his widow and his too-good-to-be-true social lawyer fiance.

So the movie tracks back and forth between comedy and romance, not at whiplash speed but enough to have the joins show in the plot. It has the requisite happy ending, and a pretty standard story arc for a movie of this time complete with a false dawn and a false failure. (A pretty spectacular one, too). Within that template, though, the three leads do fine and the movie definitely improved my sour and depressed mood.

I enjoyed it.

Posted by Jvstin at February 22, 2009 5:20 PM
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