GHOST TOWN (2008) 7TWO, 8.45PM, M, COM­EDY

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Ricky Ger­vais (above) stars in this off­beat ro­man­tic com­edy as Ber­tram Pincus, a mis­an­thropic den­tist who be­comes cursed with the abil­ity to see ghosts af­ter an in­ci­dent dur­ing a colonoscopy (don’t ask). Ger­vais’ tal­ent stretches far enough to make a con­vinc­ing, if en­tirely un­likely, ro­man­tic lead. Greg Kin­n­ear co-stars as a re­cently de­ceased man who en­lists the help of Pincus to pre­vent his widow (a charm­ing Téa Leoni) from re­mar­ry­ing. The film sticks tightly to the genre’s for­mula and, in that sense, is a touch pre­dictable but there’s enough orig­i­nal­ity and solid per­for­mances to help it stand above the rest. ★★★ miffed by the loss of Ms Kens­ing­ton (El­iz­a­beth Hur­ley), Austin does the time-warp again and re­turns to 1969 to save the world with the help of spunky new squeeze Felic­ity Shag­well (Heather Gra­ham). The 90-odd min­utes of con­tin­ual sex­ual in­nu­endo and gross-out laughs means there’s plenty of naughty plea­sure. ★★★★ word has been seen be­fore, and it de­lights on screen yet again. ★★★

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