On the fifth day of Christmas my rancid ex gave to me Ghosting: The Spirit of Christmas.
Here is a movie that could have worked and been a cute romantic comedy if the premise wasn’t so absurdly stupid. This is about a young woman who is a bit stuck in life, getting small time jobs and getting fired from them. She’s also been dating a bit but hasn’t found her true love yet. She has a roommate who is supportive of her through thick and thin. Jess, the woman, finally goes on a successful date and is promptly killed in a car accident because she was texting and driving with the guy she just had the date with. The next day she wakes up as a literal ghost. She turns to her roommate to get help and they find out that she needs, “big love” to ascend to heaven. She goes on dates with the dude but in the end she still doesn’t ascend. Finally they figure out that her big love needed is more or less to apologise to her roommate for not being there for her. Then she goes to heaven and in less than a year the dude ends up dead too and goes to heaven. Apparently heaven is the bar where they had their first date and played trivia night.
Honestly the romance kind of works and so does the friendship with the roommate but the whole literal ghost thing? Not so much.
I had a few questions.
- Why is she sometimes intangible and sometimes not? That makes no sense.
- They keep talking about It’s a Wonderful Life, why didn’t they end the movie that way?
- It was really obvious that the actress kept almost touching stuff but then realized oh wait I am a ghost and can’t touch that. Couldn’t they have increased the special effects budget slightly to make that more believable.
- At one point she has to ask her friend to open the door for her. Can’t she just walk through the wall since she is a ghost?
The obvious antidote to this movie is It’s a Wonderful Life. Just rewatch that.