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Ghost Writer

2007 1h 33m Comedy Drama List
40% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 18% Audience Score 500+ Ratings A novelist (David Boreanaz) takes advantage of a failed composer (Alan Cumming), with deadly results. Read More Read Less

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Andrew O'Hehir Suffering Man's Charity is just that kind of movie: It opens as if it's going to be a sad-sack gay comedy in a lesser Tennessee Williams mode. And then it goes completely insane. Mar 13, 2007 Full Review Eugene Novikov Film Blather Rated: D Jul 28, 2011 Full Review Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone A very clever script, it has delicious lines that are delivered with great biting wit and fabulous cautions about seeking love, fame and past due rent. Rated: 4/5 May 30, 2007 Full Review Scott Weinberg Cinematical Wavers between broad comedy, dark humor and mild thriller territory, never once settling on an approach -- and suffering mightily because of it. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 20, 2007 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 2/5 Mar 17, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member A very peculiar film, very much a 2 hander between a typically arch and snitty Alan Cumming as homosexual music teacher John and an immensely brave David Boreanaz as Sebastian, a broke aspiring writer he takes in, hoping to bed. From an awkwardly mannered stiff upper lip drama, it abruptly shifts to a grand guignol black comedy, with a lingeried Boreanaz tied up with Christmas lights. It's not a sight I want to see again, but is a superb, committed piece of work. The ghost writer plot and other characters, including Carrie Fisher's reporter, Henry Thomas's star musician and Anne Heche's gorgeous publisher, are secondary to the central pair. It's stagy, too quirky for it's own good, but the performances make it worth a watch. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Well, what can I say. Apart from a crazy Boreanaz this movie was absolute rubbish. Although Alan Cumming's played a gay snob to perfection. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member When a music teacher takes in a struggling writer as a house guest, he soon finds out that his charity is taken for granted, and things come to an explosive end. This is a pleasant, but odd little film that really doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. It starts off feeling like a drama, then changes into black comedy, then changes into a ghost story, and finishes up being a drama again. It is also feels very drawn out, and just when it starts to get really interesting, it ends, which just left me feeling a little confused to what it was trying to achieve. The small cast all act their roles very well, with Alan Cumming being at his best over the top. But David Boreanaz has the best part that really shows off his comedic talents. You may want to catch this movie just for the black comedy sequences, which are quite amusing, but it is not the horror film that the Horror Channel led me to believe it would be. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member This is the worst movie. Seriously? Who funded it? It is about a composer with a history of "giving boarding" to young struggling artists. . . Then, he becomes a sadist. Not worth the 1.5 hours. If there is a comedic element, it is the unexpected plot twist in the last 30 minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn't funny. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member this black comedy is just ok and frankly not that funny at all an all star cast pretty much gets wasted here. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was horrible, and so far from anything I would ever call a comedy! Don't waste your time with this one...not even because David Boreanaz is in it. So not worth it! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A novelist (David Boreanaz) takes advantage of a failed composer (Alan Cumming), with deadly results.
Alan Cumming
DJ Paul, Craig Snider, Donald Zuckerman
Thomas Gallagher
Production Co
NOW Productions
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 6, 2009
1h 33m
Sound Mix