After almost two weeks of stress, pain, and inability to stay in one position for more than a few minutes, we were Oh So Ready for some laughs. We plopped Hubby down in the reclining couch, fluffed his knees up with pillows, and gave him a big bowl of popcorn. Okay, so it took us two evenings to watch this, but not through any fault of the movie.
We rented the movie Ghost Town last night. It was fun. We love Greg Kinnear, and although we've never watched The Office (I know, I know, we're so not with it) we really liked Ricky Gervais. Tea Leoni was adorable and funny as usual.
Ricky Gervais is brilliant in Ghost Town, playing an unnervingly rude dentist, Bertram, who dies for a few minutes during surgery and acquires the unwanted ability to see ghosts. Chased throughout Manhattan by a gaggle of restless spirits begging him to take care of their unfinished business on Earth, Bertram turns them all away except Frank (Greg Kinnear). The latter, a rogue who cheated on his archaeologist widow, Gwen (Téa Leoni), wants Bertram to intervene in a romance between Gwen and a starchy activist (Bill Campbell). Misanthropic Bertram has to polish his relationship patter, but ends up sounding a lot like Gervais' infamous character in the original The Office, unable to complete a sentence without making others uncomfortable. In time, of course, Bertram falls for the wonderful Gwen, setting up a bunch of overlapping conflicts. Cowritten and directed by David Koepp (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Ghost Town walks a fine line between comic freshness and a story idea with elements that have become overly familiar in movies and on television. Kinnear and Leoni have never been better on screen, but Ghost Town is well worth seeing because no one like Gervais has previously played the hapless hero in a high-concept film such as this one. With Gervais doing his familiar, hilariously discomfiting thing, it really doesn't matter what kind of movie Ghost Town is. Happily, it's a pretty good film in every respect. --Tom Keogh
This is a feel-good flick with some good chuckles! Would be perfect for a Saturday night, with popcorn!