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Over Her Dead Body
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by Lybarger

"Hey, Eva. Don’t leave Wisteria Lane."
2 stars

‘Over Her Dead Body’ is a supernatural romantic comedy that’s guaranteed to make viewers loose their faith in love in this world or the next.

Free of any wit, imagination or heart, the directorial debut of screenwriter Jeff Lowell (“John Tucker Must Die”) feels like a slap in the face to viewers. Thanks to a cursorily-written script, the movie consistently underestimates viewer intelligence and features a romantic triangle that’s a little too obtuse to be engaging.

Eva Longoria Parker from “Desperate Housewives” stars as Kate, a bride-to-be whose so demanding that you’d think she was preparing to invade Normandy instead of walk down the aisle with her beau Henry Mills (Paul Rudd).

Before she can bring her elaborate nuptial plans into action, she dies in a freak accident hours before the organ music is supposed to begin. It’s almost as if she was divinely punished for being such a bridezilla.

If only the movie could have ended there.

Having ignored the angel who has tried in vain to offer her guidance, Kate finds herself wandering among the living, who have no idea she’s around.

Meanwhile Henry’s intrusive sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane) is trying to help him get over his grief by introducing him to a ditzy psychic named Ashley (Lake Bell, “Boston Legal”).

Ashley’s gifts are questionable (her reading are full of dubious information), so she also works as a caterer. This allows Lowell to come up with cooking and psychic jokes that are equally unamusing.

To help her prepare the dishes, she enlists her token gay friend Dan, who’s played by a struggling Jason Biggs. Watching Biggs perform tired pratfalls and gay stereotypes in “Over Her Dead Body” demonstrates that it is possible to do something less dignified than humping pastries in the “American Pie” movies.

And remember, if you think it’s funny to watch someone burn a dish, you’ll have the pleasure of watching the same gag repeated later.

Because Henry’s a glum skeptic and Ashley is a firm believer in all things unseen, it’s safe to assume they’ll fall for each other. Kate, however, refuses to let Henry go even though he can’t see or hear her.

To prevent the new relationship from blossoming, Kate torments Ashley, whose psychic abilities actually manage to work in this regard.

For a movie like this to work, viewers need to know why Henry might have been infatuated with Kate while she was alive. As she’s depicted in the film, Kate is nothing more than an ectoplasmic harpy.

It’s pretty easy to decide if Henry should hook up with the ditzy but amiable Ashley or the obnoxious and, well, dead Kate. There could have been some romantic tension if Kate had some redeeming traits. Lowell would have made a more entertaining movie if he had spent some time developing her instead of filling the movie with fart jokes and clumsy physical comedy.

In the hands of a more able filmmaker, Bell and Rudd might have made an appealing screen couple. But their match is so forced and unlikely, it’s hard to get worked up about their eventual couplehood.

Longoria Parker gets the worst end of the deal. Thanks to her poorly written, irritating character and her decision to sign the dotted line on the contract, viewers spend 95 minutes waiting for her to go away.

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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
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  DVD: 06-May-2008



Directed by
  Jeff Lowell

Written by
  Jeff Lowell

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

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