Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ghost Town was a delightful suprise.

I keep saying over and over that December was the month of surprises when it came to movies. I absolutely love doing my movie reviews and some months are admittedly more exciting than others. I was so busy last month with holiday reviews I have to say I did not pay attention to the previews of the movies I was doing towards the last part of December so when I went to put each movie in at night to watch them the movie's themselves were a total surprise.

Ghost Town not only surprised me but surprised me in one of the best ways. The title as well as the cover was not terribly exciting. Not that I've ever said that looking at a cover really gives you any idea about the movie itself, but even the first few minutes of the movie did not terribly impress me. The main character is sort of this snobbish stuck up dentist the kind of person who thinks having Dr. in the front of your name makes you special in some way. I'm sorry but last I looked doctors are as human as the rest of us and as long as the degree I'm working on is taking me I swear I could have been one myself. heh. However needless to say Ghost Town did not win me over at first. However, shortly into the movie the main character gets a pretty routine procedure and needless to say he doesn't wake up exactly the same as he went under.

Ghost Town is in the end a story in humanity. A reminder that no matter who we are or where we think we are in the end we are all the same, with the same needs, and sometimes it really is beneficial to everyone as a whole that we look up from our lives, our troubles, what we think we have and look around. Bertram the dentist in question finds himself in sort of a situation. He sees dead people and, to his dismay, they want him to help them. Each ghost is different but they all need help completing a task before they can pass over. Something that was left undone something important to them even if it is as simple as just helping their son find their favorite stuffed animal.

Bertram may not be the most willing helper at first but through meeting what ends up being the love of his life and helping her late husband he learns that not everything is about him. It's not only a great story but a great reminder that sometimes that giving a bit of yourself gives you the greatest rewards. You see Bertram is a dentist, a miserable single dentist who purely wants to be a dentist as its the one profession where its difficult for people to talk to you. When Bertram starts to see dead people he can't run away from them, hide, or shut them up as well ghosts can walk through walls you know. Not to mention he is the most unlikely person to help a poor ghost as he can barely stand to listen to his patients as it is. When Bertram meets Frank who recently died leaving his wife behind, Frank is very insistent on getting help and Bertram is very uninterested.

Needless to say
Bertram does finally agree to help Frank even though its partly out of being badgered. When he meets Frank's widow however he finds himself falling in love. Ironic eh? Bertram's whole ideas on life begin to change until he has a accident of his own. I really don't want to give away more but its really a great watch.

If your lucky enough to be able to see it in bluray you will find a stunningly gorgeous picture and the details of the ghost effects are really quite cool. The ghosts appear to look like everyone else to
Bertram however there are instances where they walk through walls or into cars where you see them appear and disappear. Its not all that noticeable in the standard format but you do notice much more of the "vaporizing" in the bluray. I can't say that the bluray extras are all that amazing though there is a special that shows some of the special effects and a commentary track which is pretty fun to watch. However, the color and sound difference between the bluray and standard edition is really quite a difference.

Ghost Town is available right now on DVD and you can pick up your own copy on Amazon!

I have three copies of
Ghost Town to give away to my readers.

To enter :

  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Ghost Town and tell me what appeals to you about the movie!
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    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end Jan 30th at midnight!

256 Comments:

mverno said...

liked the morale of the movie nobody is better than anybody else

cdziuba said...

I like that the movie is wholesome and my whole family can watch it together if we win. cdziuba@aol.com

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trippyjanet said...

I like the thought that no matter who we are, we all need to same sort of things in life.

randio said...

I think it sounds hillarious, & my whole familyy can watch!

Sharon said...

I love that this is a great movie for our Sunday Movie Night with my whole family. THANKS

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Cheryl F said...

I love the actors in this movie and also that the whole family can watch.

kingkong said...

It is a family oriented movie.

george ferris said...

Everyone is equal.

Helen S said...

I like the fact that this is a movie that my family could watch together.

Helen S said...

I am subscribed.

bongeezer said...

Count me in. Ricky Gervais. Really that's all I need to hear to want to see this film.

dwhogan said...

sounds very funny

Carolyn said...

Oh, this really sounds like a fun film. I am all about comedy, and seeing ghosts, lol, not that these two normally go together.

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I am a subscriber.

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SomebodyFamousJr said...

Ricky Gervais seems to me to be a very funny guy.

valerie2350 said...

interesting premise for a movie - and I like Tea Leoni.

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judybrittle said...

It sounds like a cute movie and I noticed a lot of people gave it 4 and 5 stars. I think that makes it a pretty good movie. Thank you!

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I'm a subscriber.

dbadour said...

I love Ricky Gervais' humor.

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clynsg said...

I generally enjoy comedy movies, and this one has intrigued me since I started seeing the ads.

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Kimberly L said...

I really like that it is a great Family film.

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lsheldon5 said...

I haven't seen the movie, but it sounds interesting. It's hard to find a good family film. Thanks for he giveaway.

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Karen B said...

Great cast. Even seniors would enjoy this movie.

Jenna said...

The movie has a great cast. I would love to watch this. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

Seems to be a comedy and who doesn't need something to laugh at these days......awhisnant@comcast.net

Shelley said...

What appeals to me most about this movie?? More like WHO?? Greg Kinear. I have enjoyed him ever since his Talk Soup days. He just makes me smile :) Plus, the story just looks like a good one (sort of like the one they show on TCM--ya know??)

Thanks for a great giveaway.

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patZ said...

I love Ricky Gervais!

jzagarjr said...

The movie looks like it will be funny.

Fangirl Jen said...

I like movies that show people can always change and that underneath it all, we all have the same needs and desires.

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Kristie said...

The love story part sounds something I'd like to see.

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Teresa said...

I like that this is a comedy, I could use a good laugh or two!
The description on Amazon stated that it was about a bad tempered dentist who dies for a bit and is then able to see spirits. Sounds good to me!
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I subscribe.
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DEBIJOT said...

The movie sounds enjoyable. Thank you.

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I subscribe.

Milton said...

Hard to comment without having seen the movie, but I like the plot and the comic nature of it.

Erica C. said...

Gervais is quality!

Jackie said...

I like both Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni. Sounds like a nice story.

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Nadia said...

Sounds like an interesting story. Plus I love Greg Kinnear!

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I suscribe.
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gkstratos said...

The cast!
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Subscriber. Thanks.
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peg42 said...

This movie sounds really cute. I love how the Ghosts come to him and how he finds himself falling in love with the wife of one of the ghosts. Sounds funny and romantic...the kind of movies that we love.
Thanks so much for this giveaway.

peg42 said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks again.

CathyAnn said...

The movie looks funny...Usually ghost movies are scary, but annoying ghosts? that's something new...lol

Becky said...

Sounds like a really good and fun movie. I do think the "seeing ghosts" thing has been overdone and I would love to see this one and see the difference between it and the others.

Thanks so much!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber!

mrs.mommyy said...

love the movie- funny and teaches a great lesson if you actually watch it

mrs.mommyy said...

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Princess Golden Hair said...

i see the power of redemption in this movie

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chromiumman said...

love anything with ricky gervais

wigget said...

greg kinnear appeals to me most about this movie

Cataroo said...

What appeals to me most about this movie? Two words -- Ricky Gervais! He is a comedic genius!! I have recently started watching him in "The Office" on BBC America and he KILLS me!! I did not get to see this movie in the theater and would love to win a copy to watch at home!!

Thanks for a great giveaway!!

Britterz7 said...

I am a big fan of Ricky Gervais and I really wanted to see this film but never got the chance

wanda flanagan said...

I love comedies and ghost movies so what could be better than the two combined and its a movie the whole family can watch together

Sarah S said...

I think the ghost aspect sounds interesting and funny!

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Ally said...

This movie looks hilarious!!

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Bingo said...

Ricky Gervais is genius

kathleen haas said...

i like family movies

bleatham said...

The thing that appeals most about this movie is that the whole family can watch and enjoy it!

bleatham said...

I am a subscriber!! Thanks

Anonymous said...

It appeals to me because it is based on what I believe is reality and shows it to us as the day-to-day.
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tritty74 said...

It is a wholesome movie that makes you really take a look at thinkgs and think.

tritty74 said...

I subscribe

Jesica said...

I really enjoy Tea Leoni - and I liked this part of the review on Amazon. It sounds just my speed.

"Ghost Town walks a fine line between comic freshness and a story idea with elements that have become overly familiar in movies and on television."

Jesica said...

I'm a subscriber :)

Dumaurier said...

This was such a surprise to me, I absolutely loved this movie. We rented it on a whim, but loved Ricky Gervais

Tes283 said...

Started out silly and ended up with my crying. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was put together.

marleenandlouie said...

What appeals to me about this movie? Greg Kinnear!

Stephen said...

It's for the family which is awesome. Family things make me happy. HAPPY!

Ann Marie said...

I like that is a cute funny movie and love that it is about seeing ghost. The actors in it are great too. I can't wait to see it!!!

Ann Marie said...

I am an email subscriber!

Sarah said...

I've been wanting to see this, Ricky Gervais cracks me up.

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Abigail said...

I want to see it because the cast is simply stellar. Especially Greg Kinnear who can warm up the coldest, deadest script.

Carol Lawrence said...

I liked when ricky Gervaise told the real dream at the end.

betty R.~Simply Southern said...

It is a movie that we all would like..i always look for these kind..not enough any more.

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Mae B said...

Ive been wanting to see this one!

K Amos said...

I like that it is a family movie

LIDARKSIDE said...

I liked how the main character changed as a person from all the lost souls looking to him for closure and eternal rest.

toughturtles said...

a good makes you think a little movie

Vanessa Sue said...

Because I love Ricky Gervaise - he's too funny!

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Vanessa Sue said...

I am also an email subscriber!

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ms-texas said...

i like comedy's - so this is right up my ally! I also read the reviews on the Amazon page and by and large this movie is highly rated

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redron said...

family safe movie

Think about it said...

I LOVE comedies!
This sounds like a funny DVD.
Probably dry humor like i like LOL

susan1215 said...

It looks like a funny family movie

reddon30 said...

Looks like a good movie...would like to see...thank you.

Erica said...

I like Ricky Gervais, he's pretty funny. I think thing has movie night potential :)

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jmcharries said...

Because Ricky Gervais is hilarious. Also, anything with Kristen Wiig is great!

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zekebamm said...

The previews for this movie look absolutely hilarious!!!

singermagic1 said...

love anything Ricky Gervais is in, he's a hoot

yyeres said...

oooh Ricky Gervais is always great - loves him in the office and extras! yyeres at gmail dot com

Deborah Wellenstein said...

I like that this is family friendly. Thanks!

I class said...

I haven't seen it but it seems like a good family movie.
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mogrill said...

This looks funny! I would LOVE to see it!

Kyle Banderman said...

I think Ricky Gervais is hilarious!

Thanks for the contest!

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stowelljg said...

I like the situational humor.

Michelle S. said...

This looks like it would be a really funny movie- who couldn't use a good laugh?!?

1agordon said...

That it stars Ricky Gervais

Tina12312 said...

I love Greg Kinnear and Ricky Gervais and the premise is great! Thank you so much!

nancy said...

We loved Ricky Gervais in the British version of the Office, would love to watch this film as well!

MaggieM said...

Ricky Gervais (The Office) and Greg Kinnear, together in one film-I know it will be hilarious. I have been enjoying the movie out-takes on TV and would love to win the DVD.

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Pat said...

I would love to watch this with my mom - she loves comedies.

redfuzzycow said...

ricky gervais is funny!

janetfaye said...

I like this: Ghost Town is well worth seeing because no one like Gervais has previously played the hapless hero in a high-concept film such as this one.

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Smooshy said...

I like the main character, he reminds me of myself sometimes!

Jason said...

I Like How Family Orientated It Is

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tlm123 said...

I like that it's a movie the whole family can watch together.

vmkids said...

my family could watch together

Dave said...

Every once in a while I just need to sit back, relax and laugh. This looks like a very funny movie. Thank you for the opportunity to win,

smitchathome said...

I haven't seen this yet but anything with Greg Kinnear interests me.
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I am a subscriber.
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christin said...

i love the cast, especially greg kinnear! thanks for the chance!

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jlafount said...

I'll watch anything with Ricky Gervais

Christina G. said...

What interests me about the movie is Greg Kinnear. Love him! Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina G. said...

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blueeyeleo said...

sounds like its going to be funny

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novaceleste said...

This is a movie the whole family can watch! Thanks for the contest!!

Amanda said...

It looks like a romantic comedy that is actually funny and not just sappy. Looks great.

Anonymous said...

It looks like it's fast pace and funny

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Andria said...

I love Ricky Gervais

Stephanie said...

My husband and I actually just saw the preview for "Ghost Town" and I thought it looked quite interesting. I didn't immediately think, "I want to see that movie." But I did think, "maybe..." Thanks for reviewing this film. I'm more likely to see it now that you gave it a "surprisingly" positive review.

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drming said...

I love it that it stars Ricky Gervais is is am hilarious actor and I love his body of work especially The Office.

Kari said...

I could use a good comedy! This looks really good.

Kari said...

Im a follower too!

Kari said...

and i subscribe :)

Jackie B. said...

I would love to win this. I think Greg Kinnear is a great actor and he is so funny!

Jackie B. said...

I am a subscriber.

jnmacdonald said...

I like that it conveys a good message and it sounds like something we can watch with our daughter.

cdrury said...

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mommysweeps said...

loving the cast, that alone makes it a good movie

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Karen said...

Great Cast, looks good.

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Tammy said...

I enjoy these types of movies & after reading your review, I can't wait to see Ghost Town & find out how it ends.

Derek said...

Ricky Gervais in a starring role.

Francine said...

I like the idea of the movie.

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Jayfr said...

I'd like to see Ricky Gervais. His BBC shows are very good.

Tammy said...

We saw the trailers for this on tv, and it looks really funny!

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Kaycee said...

I like that its a ghost movie but not a "scary" ghost movie!

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Heather said...

I like that I could watch this with my kids.

AmberRose95 said...

My son and I wanted to see this but we missed it. I love that it's a movie that appeals to kids as well as adults. Thank you for the contest!

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I'm also a subscriber!

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Pretty Momma said...

I actually saw this movie, and I loved it! One of the best in a while. Not only did it hold my attention, but it also held my husband's. It was very positive!


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ash said...

love anything with the hilarious ricky gervais!

tsslug said...

I am a email subscriber
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EllyBean said...

I like that this movie can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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I'm a subscriber.

clenna said...

I think the concept of ghosts that have problems that the leading character needs to help the ghosts solve is interesting.

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Liz G. said...

I'm looking forward to seeing Ricky Gervais in a romantic comedy role-- he's absolutely hilarious and I'm intrigued to see him tone it down.

Deb said...

I heard this was a really funny movie and I'd love to win this for our family movie night. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Erica G said...

I love comedies! This one looks like it has a great cast alos. ghosts intrigue me, but I love a good comedy!

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Tammy Marshall said...

Ricky Gervais is hilarious! My dh and I love his stand up routines!

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robt6 said...

I like to watch anything Ricky Gervais is in.

Scarlettnjo said...

Ricky Gervais was great in "...Museum" with Ben Stiller. I love his quirky sense of humor. This movie just looks like fun!
We have no movie theaters here, so have to purchase any movie I really want to see.

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risanjax said...

This looks like a flick to make my wife happy.

Cheryl said...

I think this would be a really enjobable movie to watch as a family!

denyse said...

I love comedies and could really use a good laugh.

Saoder said...

Saw the previews. Looks like he will learn a life lesson after encountering all the ghosts, since he is not very friendly beforehand

Ken said...

Shades of Topper and Dona Flor. Ghost movies can be fun. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Cheryl (Lucky Ladybug) said...

I'd like to watch Ghost Town because I like the actors and I find ghost stories entertaining :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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nickyle said...

I have read the reviews, seen the previews but yet have I seen this movie and I am really looking forward to it. The price of theaters have gotten soooo high we just don't go anymore and wait for dvd. Please enter me, with this cast I am sure we would enjoy it.

azrosebud said...

I like the fact that he is so stand-offish at first but then - he changes

nanja said...

I like Ricky Gervais who stars in this movie. It sounds interesting and funny. Thank you!
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Beverley said...

Well, it certainly sounds unique!

booklover said...

I've seen a couple of good reviews for this movie and would love the chance to watch it.

jules said...

I love Ricky Gervais, he is so funny

Amy said...

It appeals to me because its a romantic comedy. I have a two yer old so the action movies are still great but a good romantic comedy is a great break.

idahomom said...

I like that it tells a good story for the whole family.

Anita Yancey said...

Because I like Greg Kinnear.
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Jim W. said...

Ricky Gervais is hilarious

tawnda said...

I love it when a main character can't be seen or heard by everyone

chani said...

The british Office was brilliant and this appeals because I'd like to see more of his work.

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Firestorm said...

I love Ricky Gervais. This guy can play a clueless plonker better than most. He was brilliant in the original Office.

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tutugirl said...

I have to say what appeals to me the most is that it will just be a good escape and laugh.

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This movie looks funny and I like Ricky Gervais. Thanks!
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Gabriel said...

I really like Ricky Gervais.

Please, enter me, great prize!!! I would love to win this.

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heaventrees said...

I would like the movie in order to see Greg Kinnear. I remember him way back on Talk Soup and he was funny. I was so surprised to see him turn out to be such a good actor in both serious and comic roles.

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