Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2003. Walt Disney Pictures, Gunn Films, Doom Buggy Productions. Screenplay by David Berenbaum. Cinematography by Remi Adefarasin. Produced by Andrew Gunn, Don Hahn. Music by Mark Mancina. Production Design by John Myhre. Costume Design by Mona May. Film Editing by Priscilla Nedd-Friendly.
Eddie Murphy plays a real-estate agent who has been ignoring his family in his devotion to his career. When he and his real-estate partner wife get a call about a beautiful manor in the countryside that is up for sale, they immediately forego their weekend vacation plans and go stay at the spooky old house. When they get there, they find out that its owner (Nathaniel Parker) is actually a ghost who thinks that Murphy’s wife is his long lost love. The special effects are excellent, and John Myrrhe’s production design beautiful, but the story doesn’t even try to be coherent. The direction relies too heavily on Murphy’s trademark humour, which constantly feels out of place. Based on the Disney World ride, the film feels exactly like an Amusement Park experience: quick, momentarily enjoyable and instantly forgettable.