To say this is a romantic comedy, as it's listed on IMDB, is actually a bit of a stretch. This seems more like just a vehicle for Gervais' dry British wit and it works. While it has a lot of the same elements as most movies in the "ghost" genre (man sees ghosts and has to help them), it's also different in a few ways.
Gervais' character, Bertram, never wants to help any of them. As annoyed as he is with real people, he's even more so by all these ghosts. Greg Kinnear (Frank) is the one ghost who is above all the rest and he wants he widow (Tea Leoni) to just be happy in life. That's where Frank thinks Bertram will come in handy.
This was a good movie and the reason was all Ricky Gervais. His shy-guy character really works here and it'll be interesting to see if more movies can utilize it like this one did.
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