Picks and Pans Review: Ghost Town

updated 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Téa Leoni | PG-13

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The ghosts of previous romantic comedies float through this one, but it's still fun. Gervais, the lumpy-faced English comedian who co-created and starred in the original BBC version of TV's The Office, plays a morose Manhattan dentist who finds, after a near-death experience, that he can see dead people—and they in turn can see, and pester, him. One of these ghosts, a bon vivant in a tuxedo (Kinnear), is a philanderer who wants Gervais's help to break up his widow's (Leoni) betrothal. Predictably, the dentist falls for her himself. Gervais shows he can carry a movie here, while Kinnear and Leoni add pep and sex appeal.

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