Going to buy this on DVD for two reasons... (by enlightened-buff)
1 Paul Rudd - The guy is always funny, even when the script is lacking and this movie is no exception. His dialogue was witty, it's just a shame the story could've been a whole lot better, but on such a poor premise I don't know how much more the writers could've done anyways.2 Lake Bell - I had never heard of her before this, since she was mostly a TV actress in the US, but her character was extremely likable, attractive and funny. She showed she can make a good romantic comedy love interest, as she is not only good looking but can actually live up to the comedy part of a <more>
"rom-com", unlike most female leads who are just there to look good and can't act at all. I will be checking out her prior and future work to see if she has any dramatic merit as well, but it looks as though she could become pretty big in Hollywood if she develops better taste in the movies she picks.Also, Eva Longoria Parker was pretty horrible in this, but she had a thankless task with the character she was given. I don't think too many actresses could have done much more with the role, it was just badly written and completely unsympathetic.The acting basically saved what was a terrible script, premise and movie in general. Lake Bell and Paul Rudd had good chemistry and the movie had a good heart and was really funny in plenty of places, but most of those scenes involved Jason Biggs, Paul Rudd and Lake Bell playing off of one another. Longoria was the odd one out and most scenes involving her were the worst ones of the movie.I gave this movie a 7 for the acting and the strong lead performances of Bell and Rudd who, had this script focused more on instead of the dead girlfriend, could've made it even better. Maybe it should've been made as a comedy/drama and focused on how Rudd gets over Longoria's death and Bell's journey to help him do it, but as it is, it's not bad by any means and should make a good date movie or rental.7/10
Male critics and men in general dump all over good movies like this one (by 1negevoli)
I took a flyer in renting this movie but I gotta say, it was very, very good. On all fronts: script, cast, director, photography, and high production values, etc. Proves Eva Longoria Parker is head and shoulders in rom/com above bad actors such as Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston, who mug and call it acting. Who'da thunk it?Parker and Isla Fisher are in a class by themselves in this regard and should try to hold out for projects as good as "Over Her Dead Body." Lake Bell is excellent, too, and this is the first time I have seen her. And finally, Paul Rudd gets to shine in a <more>
really good movie, instead of lesser films.A movie like this never gets its dues from close-minded males. It's too bad. As other IMDb reviewers here have noted, there is nothing lame about this gem --no hack writing or acting. And its depiction of contemporary L.A. and California, in general, makes every scene look bright, beautiful, clean, and otherwise outstanding in every way. Never before has a movie made L.A. look so good. Ah, what a little talent and a lot of caring can do for a movie.I won't divulge the plot, but as a long-time and hard-core atheist, I was willing to suspend disbelief and buy into the supernatural theme in order to enjoy an excellent and light-hearted piece of entertainment. It reminds me very much of the old "Topper" movies, which were also so enjoyable.This movie exposes popular, but otherwise hackneyed, movies like "Ghost" for the mediocre and overly sentimental crap fests they are. We already know the public taste leans heavily toward the mediocre. Some of us save our praise for the truly worthy, however.If you have enjoyed other overlooked gems such as "Into the Night" with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Goldblum and Clu Gulager, "Blind Date" with Bruce Willis and Kim Basinger, "American Dreamer" with JoBeth Williams, "Chances Are" with Robert Downey Jr., Christopher McDonald and Cybil Sheppard, "Making Mr. Right" with John Malkovich, etc., you'll enjoy this. A first-rate job all around even if it's kinda hard to believe a straight guy can pretend to be gay for more than five years. But even that plot device doesn't detract from the movie's overall excellence.
Ah, I loved this movie. I think it had it all. It made me laugh out loud over a dozen of times. Yes, I am a girl, so I'm writing this from a girl's perspective. I think it's a shame it only scored 5.2 in rating. Too many guys voting? It was far above other romantic comedies. Just because I'm female I don't enjoy all chic flicks, on the contrary I prefer other genres. Romantic comedies tend to be shallow and not as funny as they meant to be. But like I said, this movie had it all, almost, in my opinion. Great script, good one-liners, fine acting. Although Eva Longoria <more>
Parker's character reminded very much of Gabrielle from Desperate Housewives, but so what? It was awesome. I will keep this film for rainy days, days when I feel low and need a few laughs.
In complete contrast to the opinions of the other review, this film actually was surprisingly good! I reluctantly went to see it and expected to be bored by clichés, obvious jokes and overacting, all of which the trailer had promised.However, after 5 minutes in I found myself genuinely laughing and enjoying the refreshing acting. With only one 'toilet humour' gag, Over Her Dead Body manages to actually come up with realistically funny scenarios and, without spoiling anything too much, some of the moments involving animals are hilarious.The staple ingredients of a good film are all <more>
there; script, director and actors and compared some other recent attempts at romantic comedy, this film stands tall.Sure, you aren't going to learn anything or have a spiritual awakening, but if you go with an open mind you will more than likely have a good time!
Look it's Eva Longoria and Paul Rudd in a movie about a dead girlfriend haunting the new girlfriend. It's Gabrielle from Desperate Housewives and the guy who wore "sex Panther cologne" in Anchorman. If you are expecting a Golden Globe nominated movie then you need to rethink how you look at movies. However, if you are willing to suspend reality for 90 minutes and want to watch a funny movie then you've come to the right place. The characters are all funny. They work together very well. The real match up is Paul Rudd and Lake Bell. He's as funny as he was on Friends <more>
and she was funny and good looking all at the same time. I went with my wife, she enjoyed it and so did I.
I voted 8 and I think it deserves it. (by vampyrecowboy)
This had a good story...it had a nice pace and all characters are developed cool.I've watched a whole bunch of movies in the last two weeks and this had to be the best one I've seen in the two weeks.Jason Bigg's character was the best though.Even though it was small, it was cleverly crafted from the very beginning.This may be a romantic comedy and I don't like most, but the writing, direction, performing, sound, design overall in all capacity just was really thought out pretty cool.This film scored pretty high out of all the movie's I've seen lately - and the rest were <more>
big budget or better publicized.Good job in writing.