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1.74

Awesome: 2.56%
Worth A Look: 0%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad64.1%
Total Crap: 33.33%

6 reviews, 3 user ratings


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Over Her Dead Body
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by Jason Whyte

"Two if by Love, Three if by Hell"
1 stars

If nothing else, this piddling excuse for a movie announces the lovely, talented young actress Lake Bell as a talent to watch. I hated this movie from beginning to end, yet I couldn’t take my eyes off Ms. Bell as soon as she lit up the screen. Her character, a psychic, is absolutely ridiculous but she infuses it with a surprising amount of charm, wicked comic timing and a killer smile. As long as she keeps her energy present, I see her having a long and lasting career in this industry.

She’s so good that she makes the lovely Eva Longoria Parker look like a worn out hag. I’ve loved Longoria-Parker on Desperate Housewives and she gave a surprisingly funny hosting gig on Saturday Night Live last year, and she was damn easy on the eyes. She looks bad here, and asking her to play a mean-spirited shrew of a dead wife who is mad her husband (who isn’t Dead Like Her) is even thinking of moving on is just a little much for me.

“Over Her Dead Body” has one scene where Parker is alive. It’s her wedding day, and she can’t wait to marry her husband (Paul Rudd…yes, Paul Rudd). But since things need to move along, she’s killed rather quickly by a sculpture. She is then sent to heaven, all to be intercepted by an angel who tells her to go back down and take care of some unfinished business. To make Rudd happy, I guess.

Sad and lonely, Rudd is taken in by his sister (the really cute Lindsay Sloane) and takes him to see psychic Bell. Bell looks a lot better than many of the psychics we see in movies, and there’s also Bell’s assistant, the gay Jason Biggs who badly cooks, cleans even worse and wears a ton of pink.

There are a few cute moments early in the picture, as Bell and Rudd have a nice dinner and talk about each other. Some nice writing and one-liners are present, and it reminded me of the good first act of “Good Luck Chuck” that was lively and entertaining until it dive bombed quickly thereafter. “Dead Body” also quickly decelerates, as Longoria-Parker comes back as a spirit that only Bell can see, and proceeds to make her life a living hell.

Why does she do this? She realizes that she’s dead, yet orders Bell not to have any contact with him anyway. She even realizes Rudd is sad about his loss but after time, moves on. But hey, why not torture the psychic. This of course angers Bell and thus, objects in her apartment are destroyed in the process, like when a small set of keys obliterates a vase. Why oh why can’t ONE movie have it miss and hit the wall?

As you can see, this is a pretty lame comedy by writer/director Jeff Lowell, who lingers too much on the disgusting humour (I’ve never heard deader silence in a cinema at my press screening where a fart gag goes on ridiculously longer than it should) although the picture does have a nice, warm colored look, thanks to cinematographer John Bailey, famous to me for the unforgettable images in “The Accidental Tourist”. There is also an amusing scene featuring Jason Biggs towards the end. And it has the lovely and charming Lake Bell, who is so wonderful to watch that you hope to see her in movies much better.

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originally posted: 02/13/08 03:04:55
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User Comments

5/07/09 mr.mike Painfully unfunny. Rudd is the most bland actor in ages. 2 stars
6/12/08 DK Eva Longorias T and A can't carry a movie. That seems sadly to be the idea here 1 stars
3/06/08 diana i love it. it is really funny 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  01-Feb-2008
  DVD: 06-May-2008

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Directed by
  Jeff Lowell

Written by
  Jeff Lowell

Cast
  Eva Longoria Parker
  Paul Rudd
  Lake Bell
  Lindsay Sloane
  Stephen Root
  Jason Biggs



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