Over Her Dead Body (2008)
|Genre(s): Comedy / Romance|
|New Line || PG13 - 95 minutes - $27.98 || May 6, 2008|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-05-13|
Writer(s): Jeff Lowell (written by)
Cast: Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell, Jason Biggs, Lindsay Sloane, Stephen Root
Theatrical Release Date: Febraury 1, 2008
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The romantic comedy genre rides a thin ride between success and failure. There are many aspects that factor into its success: chemistry between the lead actors; semi-original or engaging story; and finally... well, maybe only two aspects. In any case, Over Her Dead Body fails on both accounts.
Itís their wedding day. Henry (Rudd) and Kate (Longoria Parker) are getting married. Kate is a nervous wreck hassling everyone to make sure the day is perfect. This includes an angel ice sculpture which, because it has no wings, Kate does not consider it to be a true angel. As the sculptor (Root) backs up to leave, the angel falls and crushes poor Kate and kills her.
Flash forward a couple years later and Henry has given up on love. He spends his free time in his apartment and never goes out except to the veterinarianís office where he works. Concerned her brotherís well-being, Chloe (Sloane) seeks out psychic Ashley (Bell) in the hopes that she can summon Kate and allow Henry to finally move on. But things take a turn when Ashley falls for Henry Ė in part because Chloe gave her Kateís diary to help convince Henry that she really is communicating with Kate Ė and the two (Henry and Ashley) begin a relationship. But Kate isnít going away at all. Fueled with jealousy, Kate does what she can to break the pair apart!
Simply put, Over Her Dead Body isnít very funny, has dull characters and a story that has little flow to it. The big issue isnít the fact that Eva Longoria ... oops, I mean, Eva Longoria Parker, plays an unlikeable character Ė even after her predictable attitude change Ė nor is it the fact I had no clue as to why someone like Henry would fall for Kate (looks only go so far), no, itís the main characters that are the big detractors here.
I like Paul Rudd. Heís a very funny actor and every sarcastic word that comes out of his mouth reminds me of an Apatow produced movie (the only times I laughed was when Rudd was onscreen). But he absolutely had no chemistry with Lake Bell. Is it because Bell isnít a good actress? Maybe. I enjoyed her performance on the short-lived series, ďSurfaceĒ, but here she doesnít make a good female companion to Rudd.
Another issue centers on the story itself. There isnít much to do. As a ghost Kate can mess with Ashleyís head but when the jokes either fall flat or stoop to sitcom levels, what more is there? Add to the fact that it actually comes to a screeching hault halfway through. Kate disappears, the couple-in-love is arguing and... I didnít give a ratís ass what happened next because I didnít care about any of these characters. Ashley is a fraud and half-scummy for using Kateís diary to creep into Henryís heart; Kate is a bitch... period; and Henry is, well, kind of boring, though of the trio, heís the most likeable.
Over Her Dead Body is a good example of how romantic comedies donít work and this is coming from someone who tends to be forgiving with the genre. I know the plot canít stray too far from the rom-com blueprint but when youíve got a cast with little chemistry in any respect, you have a problem.
As if things couldnít get better, Jason Biggs co-stars as Ashleyís associate. What a cast!
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.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
The movie is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a fine 2.35 OAR. For those who donít want the entire picture, a 1.33 full screen version is also included.
The disc offers a Dolby 5.1 track along with stereo surround sound. Dialogue is crisp and clear and any music sounds very good.
There are far better romantic-comedies out there with far more charismatic actors. I see no reason why one would bother with this one. Eva Longoria Parker is a fine looking woman but she offers nothing but being obnoxious and unlikeable.