Year Released - 2008
Running Time - 102 minutes
Directed by David Koepp (Stir of Echoes and Secret Window)
Written by David Koepp (who has written quite a few, including Toy Soldiers, Death Becomes Her, Panic Room, etc) and John Kamps (who also wrote The Borrowers and Zathura)
Ricky Gervais (Stardust and Night at the Museum)
Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets, Mystery Men, We Were Soldiers, You've Got Mail, and Unknown)
Tea Leoni (Nora from the television series The Naked Truth as well as Bad Boys, Jurassic Park III, and You Kill Me)
Rating: 3 Skulls
When Bertram crosses paths with the recently departed Frank Herlihy, he gets pulled into Frank's desperate bid to break up his widowed wife's pending marriage to another man.
This is a movie that, for whatever reason, I had not heard of. My wife is the one who brought it to my attention, by asking me to add it to Netflix. . .
Also, I am not too familiar with Ricky Gervais, but this guy is hysterical - in this film, he played the character of Bertram, a dentist who, while undergoing a routine colonoscopy, dies on the table, for just under 7 minutes. After he is revived, he suddenly has the ability to see people who normally can't be seen ~ ghosts. [Something very original in this film is that whenever another person walks through a ghost, they sneeze - I thought that was pretty cool!]
When ghosts start realizing that Bertram is able to see them, they began to bombard him - one ghost in particular [played by Greg Kinnear] starts harassing Bertram to help him break up his widowed wife's engagement to another man.
It is predictable what will happen next, however it is still worthwhile.
What makes the movie is Ricky Gervais and his portrayal of Bertram - Bertram is not the friendliest guy on the block by any means - he tells you what is on his mind, without holding back, which is hysterical!
Here's the trailer:
Well worth renting! If you don't feel like renting this one, at least keep an eye out for it after it hits television!