going in for a routine colonoscopy, walking out, and suddenly being
able to see people no one else can. This happened to Bertram
Pincus one day because of a medical mishap where he literally
died for “less than seven minutes” and is now the most sought after
human in the Between Life. Now imagine you’re one of those souls
trying to complete your life and your only hope is a crass, rude,
bitter person who doesn’t care about you or your mission. What
would you do?
Town could not be
as hysterical or believable if it were not for the outstanding acting and
complete believability of the cast. The role of Bertram was most likely written
specifically for Ricky Gervais not only because of his generic stature or
incredibly arrogant British accent, but because the way he was able to deliver
the dagger-like lines that made it seem like he wrote them himself. Fans of
Ricky, whether it is from BBC’s The Office or HBO’s Extras, will
revel in this movie. It is completely perfect for him; an Anal Retentive,
extremely regimented lonely British Dentist. Bertram also leads a life of
extreme solitude who also revels in complete quiet and absolutely no contact
with others. From the beginning, you will “get” Bertram. When a fellow Dentist
Dr. Prashar (Aasif Mandvi) invites him to the Waiting Room for party
Bertram politely declines. After several polite attempts by the coworker who
really cannot believe he wants to be alone—he continues. Your jaw will drop as
you gasp at what Bertram says just to leave him alone.
|Mark's List Quick Critic
See it opening week
|Ten Word Review:
dagger-like lines. Outstanding acting and completely believable
|Three Sentence Synopsis:
Pincus (Ricky Gervais)
dies for a seven minutes
during his routine
colonoscopy. After the
surgery, Bertram then
awakens to realize he has
gained the ability to see
and communicate with ghosts.
There are two problems, Bertram never had people skills,
in life or in death and his ghostly patron,
Frank Herlihy (Greg
Kinnear), pesters him
into meddling with the
impending marriage of his
widow, Gwen (Tea
Leoni), who lives in
Bertram's building and isn't
necessarily his number-one
Ghost Town opens, it follows Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) as he is on
the way to something fancy as a busy Manhattanite but has an unbelievably horrid
low-class accent. We discover through phone calls that he is planning on
leaving his wife and getting an apartment with his girlfriend but through a
mix-up his wife found out. As he lies and straightens everything out with her
he is killed. The best thing about Kinnear’s performance in that moment was
that the accent surprisingly left when he died! It’s only seven minutes of the
movie and completely forgettable as his character runs into and befriends the
newly “awakened” Bertram. According to this movie (and others about a similar
topic) you spend your time before heaven in the outfit you die in. Thank God
Frank died in a tuxedo and not like Jeff Hiller as The Naked Guy!
it was in life, Frank uses his amazing powers of persuasion and manipulation to
help Bertram aid in his last mission on Earth. Kinnear’s character’s
progressive personal growth after death was realistic and genuine even to the
end when he realized what his true unfinished mission was. Believing at first
it was to stop the impeding wedding of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni) to
Human Rights Super Hero Lawyer Richard (Billy Campbell) Frank gets
Bertram to intervene. Téa’s life struggle as a widow to now fiancée is never
viewed as difficult but during one pivotal scene in a restaurant over cocktails
with Bertram she completely captures every member of the audience with the
confession that she knew of Frank’s infidelity. She then questions her own
self-worth through her dead husband’s eyes which in turn stops Frank in his
tracks and visibly knocks the wind out of his sails. Téa Leoni brings
life to her character that makes you want to hug her then have coffee and
discuss her latest Egyptian mummy.
movie progresses you learn about people from a different perspective as well as
their motives and rationalizations almost like you yourself are a ghost.
Ghost Town will make you want to take stock in your own life, do the things
now you put off for later, and to be an honest and genuine person because you do
not know what is really going to happen when it ends. This is a great
emotional movie that is far from being a mushy Chick Flick like Ghost and
will make the hardest of people cry and wish they could help the “Inbetweeners”
get to The Light. After this movie you will also question why people sneeze.
See for yourself to find out why!
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young interracial couple
Chris Mattson (Patrick
Wilson) and Lisa
Washington) have just
moved into their
California dream home
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their interracial relationship.
September 19, 2008.
Ghost Town, Bertram Pincus
(Ricky Gervais) dies for a seven minutes during his routine colonoscopy.
After the surgery, Bertram then awakens to realize he has gained the ability to
see and communicate with ghosts.
September 19, 2008.
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friend Dustin (Jason Biggs) hires
him to take his ex-girlfriend Alexis (Kate
Hudson) on a lousy date just to show
her how great her former boyfriend is. When Alexis finds Tank more fascinating
she decides that she wants Tank, and wants to take him to a wedding instead of
My Best Friends Girl
September 19, 2008.
the end of the
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life of Georgiana
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her beauty and charisma made her name, her extravagant tastes and appetite for
gambling and love made her infamous.
opens September 19, 2008.