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Ghost Town

To like Ghost Town, you have to like Ricky Gervais. His misanthropic dentist springs from the same font that yielded David Brent and the guy from Extras. He doesn’t have a vast repertoire, but that’s okay by me. Ghost Town follows the story of the hapless dentist who has a NDE and finds himself able to see ghosts. They all want help, but he just wants to be left alone. Humor ensues.

Wake-up call

Wake-up call

A few additional thoughts:

  • The film was written and directed by David Koepp, someone I’ve admired strongly since I watched the director’s commentary on Stir of Echoes, a film much underrated due to its synchronous release with The Sixth Sense. But Koepp does a nice job with the script and the helming here, giving time for Gervais to do his schtick without getting in the way.
  • Greg Kinnear makes a good effort, but the movie doesn’t really give any space for a pal–there’s no one for the dentist to bounce ideas off of, though Asif Maandvi gets the closest as the co-practicing dentist.
  • The ghosts are funny, with some recognizable character actors appearing (including Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller). I like the conceit that ghosts make us sneeze when we pass through them. It’s also funny to see Gervais wrestling with trying to talk to the ghosts without looking stupid.
  • I thought Tea Leoni did a solid job in the movie, with the sequence in her apartment being the standout moment. Much better than in Bad Boys, though to be fair, I disliked her character in BB. “You call this protective custody?!” Gawd.
  • Minor spoiler: It makes me a little sad that the film isn’t more concrete about whether the dentist can see ghosts at the end of the story. I would have liked to see him continue his interactions with them.

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