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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane, Jason Biggs, Stephen Root, Ali Hillis
Director: Jeff Lowell
Rating: PG (Sexual References)

Year Made: 2008








Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Fullscreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: InnoF
orm Media




Kate is an exceptionally beautiful, exceedingly demanding and extremely controlling human being who picks at every detail in life. She is engaged to Henry, a veterinarian and the only person who can calm her down. On her wedding day, Kate's accidentally killed by an ice sculpture.

A year later, with Henry unable to move on with life, his sister convinces him that what he needs is permission from Kate's spirit to start life anew. At her urging and though greatly skeptica, he agrees to meet a psychic, Ashley.

Ashley begins to fall for Henry but Kate actually does reveal herself as a disgruntled and possessive ghost and Ashley is the only person who can see and talk to her. Kate is upset that Ashley has designs on her former fiance. However, Ashley decides to fight back to get what she truly wants - Henry...

Before Kate can pass through the pearly gates of Heaven, she must figure out what her unfinished earthly business is so she can move on. With a little divine intervention from an angel, Kate slowly recognises that she must allow Henry to find new happiness. Her overbearing need to protect him from enjoying his life with another woman has only served to sabotage his future joy. When she finally accepts that Ashley is the key to Henry's newfound happiness, she knows what she must do...


Eva Longoria Parker probably has Desperate Housewives to thank for propelling her to stardom, but as to her foray onto the big screen, she'll certainly need to get a breakthrough role for everyone to sit up and take notice. Bit parts or supporting roles in Harsh Times, The Sentinel and The Heartbreak Kid didn't provide for that, and while she might seem as the lead in Over Her Dead Body, the truth is co-stars Paul Rudd and Lake Bell get more screen time than her.

The plot is nothing to shout about, given it's again something involving spirits who continue to roam the earth because of unfinished business, which Parker's Kate think is to protect her fiance Henry (Rudd) from the advances of fraud psychic Ashley (Bell). Henry still couldn't get over Kate's death on their wedding day, and sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane) decided that for her brother to snap out of his self-deprecating and destructive mode, would be to get him to see a psychic to make contact with Kate's spirit, in the hope that she'll tell him to move on.

But of course things start to change when feelings from both Henry and Ashley begin to turn into some real, that Kate decides to break things up, only to learn about her true mission on earth. So you get the usual threesome interaction and recycled jokes such as having Ashley seem to go crazy when she speaks to nobody, and for her to constantly combat Kate's spirit and vie for the attention of their common beau. Why Ashley seemed to be the only one who can see Kate is left unexplained, so don't bother to try and figure out why.

So the jokes come expected, and the story coasts along familiar lines, but the subplot involving Jason Bigg's gay character Dan was something that came out of the blue. While we know Bigg is also stuck in a rut himself with most of his characters being loser types no thanks to the resounding success of American Pie, his character story here talks about extreme lengths one would go to pursue something, which on one hand I thought was admirable, and the other end, just plain stupid, as you don't sacrifice the entire forest for one tree.

This is no doubt a flat out chick flick that could have been better if it managed to differentiate itself from the countless of clones out there, but it might serve as perfect fodder for a lazy weekend afternoon. There are some flashes of brilliance, but too little too late to have salvaged this from mediocrity. Eva Longoria Parker, sorry, but your performances to date in feature films have not been good enough, and I fear you might just go the route of many television actors who have failed in their attempt to cross over to celluloid.




Presented in anamorphic widescreen, there's no visible dirt, pops or
cackles. Audio is available in its original English track only.




Review by Stefan Shih


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