Henry (Paul Rudd) and Kate (Eva Longoria) were about to walk down the aisle when Kate was killed in a slapstick wedding-day accident. A year later, he's still mourning the escape from a life of browbeating, so his sister presses him to contact a psychic to put his mind at rest. Said medium (Lake Bell) turns out to be a tawny beauty molded like a Victoria's Secret model; romance blossoms anew, to the chagrin of Kate's awakened ghost, who commences with sabotage. Many a comic potentiality is underworked, and the film's prevailing tone is obnoxiously erratic surely the supporting eccentrics (Jason Biggs and Lindsay Sloane) aren't supposed to be so off-putting. But the movie rests safe when entrusted to the charisma of its principals. This is no career high, but it's impossible to dislike Rudd. Women want him (he's cozy-handsome in an imaginary-boyfriend way), and men want to forward his viral video appearances around the office. And Bell with her ducky lips, scrunched wince, and long arms swatting at the air has promise as a winning comedienne. Nobody was clamoring for this Blithe Spirit revival but, it's a fine hiatus from earthly life.
Jeff LowellLake Bell, Paul Rudd, Eva Longoria, Jason Biggs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root, Lindsay Sloane, Kali Rocha, Ali Hillis, William Morgan SheppardJeff LowellPaul BrooksNew Line Cinema