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.
It’s 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 veterinarian’s office where he works. Concerned her brother’s 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 – in part because Chloe gave her Kate’s diary to help convince Henry that she really is communicating with Kate – and the two (Henry and Ashley) begin a relationship. But Kate isn’t going away at all. Fueled with jealousy, Kate does what she can to break the pair apart!
Simply put, Over Her Dead Body isn’t very funny, has dull characters and a story that has little flow to it. The big issue isn’t the fact that Eva Longoria ... oops, I mean, Eva Longoria Parker, plays an unlikeable character – even after her predictable attitude change – 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, it’s the main characters that are the big detractors here.
I like Paul Rudd. He’s 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 isn’t a good actress? Maybe. I enjoyed her performance on the short-lived series, “Surface”, but here she doesn’t make a good female companion to Rudd.
Another issue centers on the story itself. There isn’t much to do. As a ghost Kate can mess with Ashley’s 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 didn’t give a rat’s ass what happened next because I didn’t care about any of these characters. Ashley is a fraud and half-scummy for using Kate’s diary to creep into Henry’s heart; Kate is a bitch... period; and Henry is, well, kind of boring, though of the trio, he’s the most likeable.
Over Her Dead Body is a good example of how romantic comedies don’t work and this is coming from someone who tends to be forgiving with the genre. I know the plot can’t stray too far from the rom-com blueprint but when you’ve got a cast with little chemistry in any respect, you have a problem.
As if things couldn’t get better, Jason Biggs co-stars as Ashley’s associate. What a cast!
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The movie is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a fine 2.35 OAR. For those who don’t 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.