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Ghost Town (2008)

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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.

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David Koepp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Frank
Jordan Carlos ... Young Husband
Dequina Moore ... Young Wife
Joseph Badalucco Jr. Joseph Badalucco Jr. ... Accident Bystander (as Joe Badalucco)
Brian Hutchison ... Accident Bystander
Tyree Michael Simpson Tyree Michael Simpson ... Sneezy Cop (as Tyre Simpson)
Julia Murney ... Sneezy Lady
Ricky Gervais ... Pincus
Claire Lautier ... Upper East Side Lady
Aasif Mandvi ... Dr. Prashar
Bridget Moloney ... Receptionist
Raymond J. Lee ... Greenpeace Guy (as Raymond Lee)
Joey Mazzarino Joey Mazzarino ... Food Delivery Guy
Brad Oscar ... Day Doorman
Kathleen Landis Kathleen Landis ... Resident
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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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Trivia

Ironically, Ricky Gervais is an outspoken atheist in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Gwen invited Pincus over for dinner, her fiancée Richard is called into work and leaves the apartment. As he is leaving, his reflection is in the photograph behind Gwen. He opens the door, but when he does he just stands still. See more »

Quotes

Bertram Pincus: Dr. Prashar - you're from a... scary country, right?
Dr. Prashar: ...I'm from India...
Bertram Pincus: But, you're not... Christian, like us?
Dr. Prashar: ...I'm a Hindu...
Bertram Pincus: Yeah. So, um, how would you extract information from a hostile?
Dr. Prashar: Well... as a... Hindu person... I would just... ask him... politely...
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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 »

Connections

References Tetris (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Heart of Life
Written & Performed by John Mayer
Courtesy of Aware Records / Columbia Records
By Arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment
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Ghost Town
28 September 2008 | by cultfilmfanSee all my reviews

Ghost Town is a new film that sounds like it either is a western, or a horror film, but it is actually neither. Instead it is a romantic comedy that has ghosts in it. The story revolves around a socially awkward and obnoxious dentist named Bertram Pincus, who after a medical procedure can see ghosts and one in particular named Frank, who tries to set Bertram up with his now single wife named Gwen. Frank coaches Bertram along, but ultimately to get Gwen to fall for him, Bertram, will have to shed his icy image and become more of a caring and helpful person. Ghost Town opened to really good reviews pretty much all around, but unfortunately it is doing really poorly at the box office. I think this is a romantic comedy that will appeal to a really large number of people because it is a feel good film, has some really good comic moments and because of the good performances, especially by Ricky Gervais who plays Bertram. The premise of the film is almost like The Sixth Sense meets Cyrano de Bergerac, but at the same time it also does have a lot of originality and some neat plot twists and turns. A lot of the comedies that have come out this year and that have been successful were more or less cruder more adult fare comedies, and while I enjoyed a lot of them personally, I realized that they would definitely not be for everyone. Ghost Town on the other hand will work for both crowds because it is still very entertaining and funny, but not overly crass, crude or risky enough to prevent more conservative viewers, or even kids from seeing it. I think a lot of people will like the romantic part of the film and I think a lot of people will also enjoy Ricky Gervais as Bertram and just how un likable he is and how funny he is to watch. The subplot with the ghosts is also a neat twist to the film that adds a lot of laughs and originality to the film as well. This is one of the best feel good comedies of the year, that like I said, will appeal to many different people and I think once it is rediscovered on DVD that it will become a sleeper hit because of how good it is and I can really seeing this being a crowd favourite and for obvious reasons because of the great performances and the feel good yet funny script. This is definitely one to see if it is still playing in theatres near you, or rent it in five months when it hits video shelves.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 2008 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,012,315, 21 September 2008

Gross USA:

$13,367,624

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,090,159
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