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Movie Review: Ghost Town

Alternate Title: Rest in Peace.

Story: Yes, the disagreeable Bertram Pincus can see dead people after a botched colonoscopy and it turns out that dead people are very annoying. These ghosts all want something from him, so they can move on to another place. Co-writer and director David Koepp begins the film with a bang (actually a traffic accident) and the film stays engaging and fresh for the first 30 minutes. The, like a ghost, the formulaic material slowly emerges and the freshness evaporates before your eyes. How Betram Pincus falls in love, how he finds his hidden goodness and how he manages to help his ghosts fill the remainder of the film.

This film falls in the pleasant, though predictable category and Manhattan looks especially pretty in the late autumn. It would be a terrific movie to watch on an airplane.

Watch the trailer and see almost all of the funny stuff in 2 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sjcyi6Vpx2U

Acting: Ricky Gervias has great comic timing but I did not believe his transition to the good guy. Greg Kinnear is a fine screen presence. He is steady, easy on the eye and gets better as he ages. Téa Leoni is always fun to watch. She is interesting, in a non-cookie cutter kind of way. There are a few fine, steady smaller roles by Aasif Mandvi and Kristen Wiig.

Trivia: Greg Kinnear lived in Greece for a time and can speak Greek. Aasif Mandvi's one Man Show "Sakina's Restaurant" was the first play written by a South Asian American to be produced Off Broadway. He is a regular on The Daily Show. Tea Leoni planned on majoring in anthropology and/or psychology, but dropped out of Sarah Lawrence College. She is married to confessed internet sex addict, David Duchovny and they have two kids.

Predilection: None, although I do like to see films that were shot in Manhattan.

Critters: A giant Great Dane

Food: A Curry dish.

Sex Spectrum: No sex.

Blatant Product Placement: The MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) has some big parts but they are not a good product placement, that's for sure.

Soundtrack: Fun

Opening Titles: A sequence that introduces us to the three main characters to set up the plot. Well done.

Visual Art: Manhattan looks stunning

Theater Audience: Crowded for a Monday afternoon.

Weather: Sun and hail.

Sappy Factor: 2

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Under two hours.