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Ricky Gervais sees dead people.

Instead of doing work yesterday, I watched HBO...so here's my next watch list entry:

Ghost Town (2008)
Directed by:  David Koepp
Written by:  David Koepp & John Kamps
Starring:  Ricky Gervais, Tea Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Billy Campbell, Kristen Wiig, and Aasif Mandvi

Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is an anti-social Manhattan dentist who goes to the hospital to have a routine colonoscopy, but ends up dying...for seven minutes. Once he's revived, Bertram discovers, much to his dismay (and annoyance), that he has the ability to see ghosts.  All the ghosts want his help since he's their only link to the world of the living, but one ghost, Frank (Greg Kinnear), is particularly persistent. Frank talks Bertram into stopping his widow (Tea Leoni) from remarrying. Gervais-style hilarity ensues.

I don't have too much to say.  It was cute, and definitely watchable, but nothing out-of-this-world fantastic. Basically, it was Ricky Gervais playing himself (Or, at least, his public persona...I don't know what he's like when the cameras are off, but I have a feeling what you see is what you get!).  Greg Kinnear's character is an interesting mix of friendly ghost and total douchebag.  I've been a fan of Kinnear since the remake of Sabrina back in 1995 -- Fred actually reminds me a bit of David Larrabee, maybe because Fred wears a tuxedo throughout the entire movie. Hmm...seeing Kinnear in this movie kind of made me want to watch You've Got Mail for the 1,327th time.  It was also fun to see The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi in an acting role, albeit a small one. And SNL's Kristen Wiig as a surgeon with a spray-tan addiction is pretty funny as well.


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Feb. 18th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Piney, if you like Ricky's public persona -- I'm not sure from your comments here :-) -- you can download the first episode of the HBO animated "Ricky Gervais Show" from iTunes for free.
Feb. 18th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
No, I think he's great! His sense of humor is very dry, which I like. Thanks for letting me know...downloading now!
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