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Ghost Town (2008)

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Ricky Gervais, Ghost Town | RICKY GERVAIS
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RICKY GERVAIS

Details Release Date: Sep 19, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 103 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Ricky Gervais and Greg Kinnear; Distributor: DreamWorks

Ever since his breakout role as clueless, clownish boss David Brent in the BBC version of The Office, Gervais has been fine-tuning the art of playing awkward, self-centered jerks who don't realize they're awkward, self-centered jerks. In his first Hollywood lead, Gervais again tackles just such a man — Bertram Pincus, a misanthropic New York dentist who, after briefly flatlining during a routine colonoscopy, wakes up with the annoying ability to see ghosts. Enter the no-longer-living-but-equally-self-centered Kinnear, who begs Gervais to woo his widowed wife (Leoni) before she weds a humorless do-gooder (Billy Campbell). Says Gervais of his assault on the U.S. 
 multiplex: "Just what America wants — a fat, British, middle-aged comedian trying to be a semi-romantic lead."
OUR TWO CENTS The premise sounds a bit high-concept, but Gervais' nasty wit should help. 9/19

Originally posted Aug 13, 2008 Published in issue #1007-1008 Aug 22, 2008 Order article reprints