An Open Letter to Ricky Gervais 

(The Short Version: Ghost Town? Bad Idea.)


This isn't cool, man. You know how many people are gonna get suckered into seeing Ghost Town just 'cause your name is on it?

I'm getting ahead of myself here, but... goddammit. Ghost Town is just so... stupid. And not "stupid" as in "lame," but "stupid" as in "unintelligent" and "bland" and "the opposite of The Office."

And okay, I get it. Nobody wants to be remembered for only one thing; just ask Sir Mix-a-lot, or Monica Lewinsky. But sometimes things work out that way, and sometimes the things that people remember you for are actually really amazing things. Like for you: The British version of The Office is, pretty arguably, the apex of television, and it casts a massive shadow. Probably one you aren't ever going to escape, frankly, no matter how funny Extras was, or how great your standup routines were in Grand Theft Auto IV.

But that's no excuse to do stuff like Ghost Town—a flimsy, forgettable romantic comedy in which you trade in your usual sharp, discomfiting comedy for hokey, sappy pap. I mean, really: So a misanthrope briefly dies during a colonoscopy snafu, comes back to life, and now he can talk to ghosts? And the ghosts are annoying? And the misanthrope falls in love with a ghost's widow? And the misanthrope becomes a better person, and everything ends up fine, and the whole thing feels like this shamelessly lazy mash-up of Ghost and Cyrano de Bergerac? And your costars are goddamn Greg Kinnear and Téa Leoni? Come on, man.

Despite what a monumental piece this is, in all fairness, you get some good lines in. You're still fucking hilarious. But then the cheesy music will swell, or the romantic comedy shenanigans will start, or there'll be one of those massive heaps of maudlin, sentimental bullshit. 'Cause even though you're hilarious, man, still—this is a really shitty movie.

Maybe you thought you could get away with this one? I mean, most people in America don't even know who you are, right? The only Office they know is the one with Steve Carell! So maybe you thought you could sneak under the radar—cash an easy check, establish a bit of a name for yourself in the States, do something that wasn't related to David Brent? Because we Americans just don't know any better?

Well, most of them don't, honestly. But some of us do.

Ghost Town
Rated PG-13 · 102 min.
Official Site:
Director: David Koepp
Writer: David Koepp and John Kamps
Producer: Gavin Polone
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Billy Campbell, Kristen Wiig and Dana Ivey

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Ghost Town

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4


Comments are closed.

From the Archives

More by Erik Henriksen

Most Commented On

Top Viewed Stories

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC

115 SW Ash St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204

Contact Info | Privacy Policy | Production Guidelines | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy