Ghost Town

  • Year:2008
  • Rating:M
  • Director:David Koepp
  • Cast:Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni, Aasif Mandvi
  • Release Date:February 12, 2009
  • Distributor:Paramount
  • Running time:102 minutes
  • Film Worth:$12.50
  • FILMINK rates movies out of $20 - the score indicates the amount we believe a ticket to the movie to be worth

“…solidly acerbic entertainment.”


Dr. Bernard Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is not a people person. Not by a long shot. He's a discourteous dentist whose life is devoid of social interactions - friendships would only require him to utilise pesky emotions such as empathy or joy. After a standard hospital procedure leaves him dead for seven minutes, Bernard wakes up to discover that he can now see and interact with dead people. A whole city of them in fact, all stuck with their own unfinished business, and all of whom want his help.  

Unfortunately, Bernard can't shut them out the way that he does the living - dead people can just walk straight through the door. Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear) is a persistent cad who wants Bernard to break up his widow Gwen's (Tea Leoni) pending nuptials. Jealousy obviously carries over into the grave; the fact that Frank had a long-term mistress seems to have been waylaid in the ether. Bernard agrees on the proviso that Frank will call off the rest of the dead gang, who have taken to following him around en masse.

This being a romantic comedy, Bernard quickly falls for Gwen, who in return despises him. Cue a series of bumbling, awkward, incredibly funny interactions where Bernard tries to woo her. Gervais' comedic timing is impeccable, and despite undertones of David Brent (his career-making character in The Office), he makes for a thoroughly watchable romantic lead. The film is surprisingly tender in parts - surprising because it's so good as a comedy that you don't expect it to also deliver on the drama front. In different hands, this could have been forgettably saccharine fare, but Gervais' genius and an excellent cast of bit players turn it into solidly acerbic entertainment.

follow us on twitter
like us on facebook

latest categories


latest issue

Filmink latest issue

latest news

Mission: Possible
Mission: Possible

According to Hollywood producer, Paula Wagner, the film industry is starting to listen to the cries of equality when it comes to gender and race.

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

The new Australian web series ‘Waiting on Sound’ will premiere on this very website next Monday. Find out more here.

VALE METRO SCREEN (1981- 2015)
VALE METRO SCREEN (1981- 2015)

Sydney’s Metro Screen hosted their last hurrah last night, presenting research on emerging screen practitioners and inciting heated discussion and calls to arms.

Tropfest Event Cancelled for 2015 Due to Financial Mismanagement
Tropfest Event Cancelled for 2015 Due to Financial Mismanagement

Founder John Polson announces that the world’s biggest short film festival will not happen for the first time in its 23 year history.