Bertram Pincus is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts.
Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) is an actor with ambition and a script. Reduced to working as an extra with a useless agent, Andy's attempts to boost his career invariably end in failure and embarrassment.
When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.
It's a world where everyone tells the truth - and just about anything they're thinking. Mark Bellison is a screenwriter, about to be fired. He's short and chunky with a flat nose - a genetic setup that means he won't get to first base with Anna, the woman he loves. At a bank, on the spur of the moment he blurts out a fib, with eye-popping results. Then, when his mother's on her deathbed, frightened of the eternal void awaiting her, Mark invents fiction. The hospital staff overhear his description of Heaven, believe every word, and tell others. Soon Mark is a prophet, his first inventive screenplay makes him rich, and he's basically a good guy. But will that be enough for Anna?Written by
The film's credits are set in the Windsor typeface, used notably in the films of Woody Allen. See more »
In the bar scene, there is a full glass of beer in front of Mark. When the camera cuts to the bartender then back to Mark, his beer glass is near empty, now accompanied by several empty shot glasses. See more »
IMDb says comedy/fantasy/romance... it has elements of all three, that's a fact, but it is not what determines this movie. I would say entertaining and occasionally funny satire of humanity, that hits some painful spots and makes you think about the world we live in. It is not a real comedy and definitely isn't a real love movie. You cannot say it is a romance movie only because there are some people who fall in love in it. Still, like many times before, I think this is one fantastic idea wasted on a mediocre movie. It could've been done much much better and I hope someone will try to make an improved remake, cause it would be a shame if this idea remains in this movie only. As much as I am amazed by the essence of the story, because of lousy realization I'll rate it
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