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Ghost Town (2008)

Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.

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Joseph Badalucco Jr. ...
Accident Bystander (as Joe Badalucco)
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Tyree Michael Simpson ...
Sneezy Cop (as Tyre Simpson)
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Bridget Moloney ...
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Greenpeace Guy (as Raymond Lee)
Joey Mazzarino ...
Food Delivery Guy
Brad Oscar ...
Day Doorman
Kathleen Landis ...
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Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen. That puts Pincus squarely in the middle of a triangle with spirited result. Written by Studio Approved Synopsis

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This place is so dead. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references | See all certifications »

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19 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ville fantôme  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,012,315 (USA) (19 September 2008)

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$13,214,030 (USA) (7 November 2008)
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The New York Times crossword puzzle seen within the first 10 minutes when Dr. Pincus (Ricky Gervais) first comes home is the puzzle from Monday, October 1, 2007 (Created by Will Shortz). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Gwen came to visit Dr. Pincus in his office. The doctor was just finished with a patient, who then left the room. The doctor picked up a few of the now unsterile and contaminated instruments with his bare hands which would not be done without gloves on. Furthermore, he invited Gwen to sit in the chair so he could look at her sore tooth without first cleaning the room and putting out sterile instruments. See more »

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Bertram Pincus: [unwillingly giving hospital nurse personal information] Invasion of my privacy, that's what it is.
Admitting Nurse: Wait'll they get you in the back.
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Crazy Credits

Directly after the end titles fade to black, there is a brief outburst of near-hysterical laughter. See more »

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Referenced in Community: Epidemiology (2010) See more »

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Please Be Patient With Me
Written by Jeff Tweedy
Performed by Wilco
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Ricky Gervais Sees Dead People
29 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A strong formula comedy that gets an extra jolt of originality from an improvisatory performance by Ricky Gervais.

Gervais plays a Manhattan dentist with an over-sensitive gag reflex who hates people. When he accidentally dies for seven minutes during a routine medical procedure, he finds upon waking that he can see and converse with dead people, who want his help in finishing up unresolved business. One of these, a smarmy, cheating husband (played by Greg Kinnear) wants him to help prevent his widow (Tea Leoni) from marrying a guy he doesn't like. Guess what...Gervais falls in love with her himself.

There's a lot of standard obligatory plot in "Ghost Town" that's specific to the genre: we have to sit through the requisite scenes of Gervais thinking he's going crazy because he can see dead people; he and Leoni have a falling out when she thinks he's tricking her just to get close to her, etc. But the acting is so good, especially from Gervais and Leoni, who absolutely lights up the screen whenever she's on it, that it's easy to forget we've seen much of this before.

One of my favorite parts of the film was the brief but hilarious performance of Kristen Wiig, who plays Gervais's doctor. You may remember her as Kathryn Heigle's passive-aggressive colleague in "Knocked Up," and though she always does the same schtick, she makes me laugh every time.

Grade: A-


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