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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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Sneezy Lady
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Upper East Side Lady
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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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Dr. Bertram Pincus can see you now... 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 Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You" is used in the movie, one of the very few occasions where the original version of a Beatles song has been used in a film. See more »

Goofs

The doctor asks if his hallucinations are "visual or oral" (possibly "aural"). No doctor uses "oral" or "aural" to describe auditory hallucinations. She would say "hearing voices" for a non-medically trained patient. For a dentist, the term "auditory" would surely be used. See more »

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Hospital Nurse: When was the last time you ate?
Bertram Pincus: A pertinent question at last. Yesterday, lunchtime. Thanks for asking. I had a tuna sandwich. Toast was soggy, but...
Hospital Nurse: Did you drink the laxative solution?
Bertram Pincus: Yes.
Hospital Nurse: Did it work?
Bertram Pincus: It was as advertised.
Hospital Nurse: Did you evacuate your bowls?
Bertram Pincus: I drank copious amounts of drain-cleaning fluid. What followed was fait accompli.
Hospital Nurse: Sir, what I'm asking is if you were...
Bertram Pincus: I shat. Okay? Good. Again and again. It was like a terrorist attack down there in the darkness and the chaos,the running ...
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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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References Rawhide (1959) See more »

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What I'm Looking For
Written & Performed by Brendan Benson
Courtesy of Sheridan Square Entertainment
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Not exactly "laugh out loud funny", but very well done.
8 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While this movie is comedy, it's not really a major "laugh-fest" or anything - but it is very well done and interesting to watch. If you're a fan of Ricky Gervais, he's only an actor here, not the writer or producer - so don't expect lots of Gervais-inspired humor. However, do expect a clever and charming romantic comedy.

Basically, the movie is about a dentist (Gervais) who temporarily dies during a routine medical procedure. This experience gives him the ability to see all the dead people who are milling about. One of them is resourceful enough to get Gervais' character to interfere with his former wife's engagement ... and the story progresses from there.

Gervais puts in a great performance as the socially repugnant dentist. Unpleasant as he is, he's fun to watch and you want to see what his every next move will be. Greg Kinnear (who plays the ghost pressuring Gervais) does a good job too; he's pretty believable in his role. The other characters are more or less one-dimensional and not quite as interesting. However, together with Gervais and Kinnear, everyone more or less of shines.

While the story is a bit predictable, the interesting characters, charming nature of the tale and all-around quality of movie-making make this film worth a watch.


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