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Ghost Town
Movie Stats & Links

Starring: Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Kristen Wig
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Home Entertainment
Kiddie Movie: They'd get bored.  Nope.
Date Movie: Mine got bored.  Hmm.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of talk about it.
Gratuitous Violence: People die, and it should be sad.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: Bertram and Gwen studying the mummy and its penis.
Memorable Quote: About the mummy: "I can see why he was King." "I can see he died happy." "He must have had huge hands."
Directed By: David Koepp

Cool Things About the DVD

Learn French! It's got your normal language/subtitle options.
Buy a New TV! Will you buy a widescreen TV already, even though it's not really necessary.
Buy a New Stereo! It's in Dolby Digital, but won't blow your speakers so don't worry that much about it.
Anything Else! You get some "Making of" and commentary stuff if you're interested.

Ghost Town
A Movie/DVD Review

 

DVD Rated - PG-13

It's 1:42 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
When I originally saw “Ghost Town” in the theater, one of the gripes both myself and my BFF had was that it just seemed to take too long to get to the obvious ending.  I will say that things moved a little quicker on the DVD version during the comfort of my own viewing, which is nice, and the story also held up seeing it a second time.

Anyway, let’s get to the story first…

Ricky Gervais is Bertram, and he’s a dentist. Pretty much he likes to live his life in solitude, preferring to stuff his patient’s mouths full of cotton so he doesn’t have to listen to their stories, and there is no way the dude wants to take part in any camaraderie in the office. Then, one day, coming off of a simple colonoscopy, suddenly Bertram is seeing things, and those things happen to be ghosts. Yup, as the trailers tell, it seems Bertram died on the colonoscopy table and now can see ghosts, the ghosts realize he can see them, and Bertram might be the only hope for the souls to make the final jump from the human life to the afterlife.

Only Bertram wants none of it.

Enter Frank (Greg Kinnear), who found himself dead right at the beginning of the movie and desperately needs Bertram to help him solve his final dealings with his still-living wife, Gwen (Tea Leoni). Frank sort of blackmails Bertram into helping him, and wouldn’t you know it, Bertram instantly falls for Gwen, but there is still part of him that doesn’t want to follow his new calling – to help the ghosts.

I know my movie synopsis is kind of short, that there are other idiosyncrasies developed in the movie (and I loved Kristen Wig as the Surgeon), but you can easily guess that Gwen falls for Bertram, that eventually Bertram realizes that he must bust out of his shell and help the dead, and that in the end, well, all will live, and die, happily ever after.

Look, I enjoyed the movie, thought the laughs were great, and think “Ghost Town” works much better as a DVD than it did in the theater, so you can snuggle with your honey on the couch, and maybe chat a bit amongst each other when things get a little drawn out, so for a nice little romantic comedy that doesn’t strain your brain, I’m saying go ahead and catch the DVD version.  I’ll even bump it a half-star from my original review to 3 ½ stars out of 5 since it does play out better at home.

As far as the DVD extras, there’s nothing that special.  You get a “Making of” thing, and a look at how some of the effects were done, but I’m also thinking that the target audience for the DVD aren’t really that interested in the extras, just looking for some snuggle time on the couch and not really wondering what the storyboards looked like.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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