- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 8, 2013
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Paramount Catalog
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 09/19/2008
"Gervais stifles the loose-cannon mannerisms of his OFFICE persona to play Dr. Bertram Pincus.....Gervais is a master of the flustered broken thought, and Koepp takes full advantage in scenes that pit Pincus against a distracted doctor and an imposingly large dog."
USA Today - 09/19/2008
"[There are] super, natural performances in GHOST TOWN, led by the distinctively edgy and witty British comedian Ricky Gervais....A good-natured and engaging fantasy-romantic comedy..."
New York Times - 09/19/2008
"[A] buoyant comedy....[The characters] resurrect the spirits of classic movie curmudgeons like W.C. Fields and such romantic comedians as Cary Grant and Carole Lombard in Woody Allen territory."
Rolling Stone - 09/26/2008
3 stars out of 4 -- "Cheers to David Koepp, who writes blockbusters, directs occultish thrillers and finds a beguiling comfort zone with this zesty, twisted fun."
Director and screenwriter David Koepp (STIR OF ECHOES, SECRET WINDOW) brings Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, and Téa Leoni together for a romantic comedy with a twist of the supernatural. Dr. Bertram Pincus (Gervais) doesn't like people very much. In fact, the antisocial dentist does everything he can to avoid interaction with other human beings. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargained for when he is released from the hospital after undergoing a standard procedure: he can see dead people, and they can see him. Suddenly, every ghost in New York City wants Pincus to help clean up their unfinished business. Dapper Frank (Kinnear) is the most persistent ghost, badgering Pincus to help keep his widow, Gwen (Leoni), from making a big mistake.
Gervais is perfect as Pincus, whose deadpan expressions make obvious his disdain for people. His comic timing is spot on throughout the film. Kinnear makes Frank likable, not an easy feat since he apparently wasn't such an upstanding guy when he was alive and married to Leoni's Gwen. Aasif Mandvi appears as a dentist sharing Gervais's office, and Billy Campbell is Gwen's new love interest. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE star Kristen Wiig is a scene-stealer as Pincus's surgeon, particularly when she is trying to avoid telling her patient what went wrong during his procedure. Dana Ivey and Alan Ruck also appear as ghosts in need of help.
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