Given his rather prickly demeanor, his natural tendency to insult people and severe lack of fashion sense, Frank tries to give Dr. Pinkus a few pointers on picking up his wife, which plays out rather hilariously for the audience. Even his feeble pick-up attempts that eventually get slightly better with time are an absolute hoot. Thankfully, Gwen (Téa Leoni) ends up being a formidable match for Dr. Pinkus’ wiseacre ways. Watching their burgeoning friendship play out is rewarding and surprisingly devoid of the usual movie clichés, thanks to the gradual (rather than the “How did that happen seemingly overnight?”) changes that underscore the effectiveness of the script penned by David Koepp, who generally tackles more action-oriented material including War of the Worlds and Spider-Man.

Of course, the movie’s take on what happens after someone dies is decidedly flawed, but there is a strong theme of making the most of your life while you’re still alive. Inevitably, Frank regrets cheating on his wife. Another character is dead-set on settling a dispute between two family members who aren’t talking to each other because she left jewelry to one of them—and not the other, something she explains in a letter they never received because it was trapped under cement.

But of course, the most radical transformation of all happens to Dr. Pinkus when he puts aside his own selfish agenda to start helping others. Almost dying allows him to experience living in a whole new rewarding way, which definitely elevates Ghost Town a step above your typical supernatural romantic comedy.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  There are a couple of scenes with social drinking, plus a couple of references to potentially addictive pain meds like Vicodin.
  • Language/Profanity:  The PG-13 allotment of “f” words (two), a few mild expletives and instances where the Lord’s name is taken in vain.
  • Sex/Nudity:  In addition to discussion of Frank’s philandering ways, there are a couple of sexual innuendos and an extended scene where the genitalia size of a male mummy is discussed between Dr. Pinkus and Gwen.
  • Violence:  Two of the main characters are hit by a city bus.  Aside from that, most of the violence is relegated to that of a comedic nature.



Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in St. Paul, Minn., she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog

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