Over Her Dead Body DVD: Review By Brian Gallagher

I wouldn’t recommend this piece of unentertaining boredom over anyone’s dead body… except maybe the person who greenlit it.
  • OVERALL
    1.0
    HORRIBLE
  • Feature
  • Picture
  • Sound
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
A surprisingly decent performance from Eva Longoria Parker, a nice small performance from Stephen Root and a few (very few) chuckles along the way.
THE BAD
Lousy script, mostly lousy acting from everyone else (Paul Rudd did the best he could with this garbage) and terrible writing and directing.
THE FEATURE
REVIEWER'S NOTE: I'm getting down to the end of this DVD package, hence leaving me with just a few discs left, those being chick flicks. Henceforth, I am dubbing this week Friggin Chick Flick Week. Enjoy... I know I won't...)

This just seems like a movies that the 80s left behind. I could see someone typing away at this script with a poster of Back to the Future or Big hanging right above their desk. It's the kind of concept that they would've come out in droves for back in that decade. Zany concepts like this were hitting theaters left and right. Lest we forget, not one but TWO movies about a Mannequin that came to life were spawned in that decade, which somehow gave Mesach Taylor and his colorful array of retarded shades a career... for a few years. The problem is, Over Her Dead Body came out in 2008, just a few decades too late.

Here's the skinny. Eva Longoria Parker (her first flick with the extra surname. Aww) plays a neurotic woman named Kate, who's driving herself crazy over the maddening details of her wedding to Henry (Paul Rudd). Of course, everything has to be perfect and she's driving the entire wedding staff nuts trying to make it so. The last straw comes when an ice sculptor (the awesome Stephen Root) delivers an angel with no wings, which, naturally, causes Kate to fly off the handle and, when the sculptor is about to run over her flowers with his big icky truck, she tries to stop it and, wouldn't you know, but the wingless ice angel falls over and crushes her to death. Aww. Of course, neuroses don't go away when you die, so when Kate disregards some important information from her angel (which doesn't have any wings, a joke they manage to beat to death by only using it twice), she's sent back to Earth as a ghost with a mission... one that she thinks is to protect her downtrodden fianc&#233e. But wait, it gets worse. At the behest of Henry's annoying sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane), he sees a caterer who moonlights as a psychic, Ashley (Lake Bell). At first she's just faking it along, with help from Kate's diary that Chloe pilfered, but, once she starts falling for Henry, Kate's ghost appears, determined to stop this psychic from being with her almost-husband.

Yes, it really is as bad as it sounds, folks. That sole star essentially represents a wonderful, but too small role from the marvelous Stephen Root, who becomes a ghost himself and tries to help Kate out a bit and a pretty damn good performance from Mrs. Longoria-Parker as the smitten specter. She is really a delight to watch and pulls off a dandy performance. Paul Rudd is about as good as he can be with this character, but it really is one of his worst performances in awhile, just because even his brilliant delivery sounds awful when spewing out horrible lines. Lake Bell is just unnatural as hell and almost every aspect of her performance seems incredibly contrived like her performance is being excised out of her, like in the horrendous exorcism scene we have to endure. Oh yeah, worst of all is Jason Biggs, who plays the gay best friend of Ashley, but he's about as convincing a gay guy as the Queer Eye guys are straight. He comes off as neither straight, nor gay... just moronic.

Here's a big shock. Director Jeff Lowell is making his directorial debut, although he did write a number of TV things as well as the bomb John Tucker Must Die. Yeah. While I'm sure Lowell thinks of this movie as a irreverent look at the whole process of getting into heaven and a humorous tale about how the dead might look down on us... it's really just a stupid love story like we've seen countless times with a guy falling for a girl and another girl that doesn't want them together. The only catch is she's dead and only the new girl can see her. While Lowell seems to be effective with Longoria Parker, it almost seems like he skipped over everyone else, because even the great Paul Rudd is just amazingly unfunny most of the time, and it almost seems like that has to happen on purpose to be the case.

Over Her Dead Body is one of those films that aspiring screenwriters look at and say, "Hey, they made this piece of crap into a movie. Why can't they make MY piece of crap into a movie?" This, of course, perpetuates the downward cycle of crap flooding into Hollywood everyday and only makes movies like this easier to make. I wouldn't recommend this piece of unentertaining boredom over anyone's dead body... except maybe the person who greenlit it.
THE EXTRAS
Move along, there's nothing to see here, you lookie-loo's.
THE VIDEO
This is a flipper disc (kind of, since both versions are on the same side) with both the widescreen format, in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and the fullscreen format, in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio on the other side. I've been noticing this a lot of discs with no features. Like they just put both formats on one disc to make up for all the space they're not using with features. Weird.
THE AUDIO
The sound is handled through the Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound format. Yeah, like we need both a 2.35:1 aspect ratio and Stereo Surround Sound for a comedy like this...
THE PACKAGE
Lame. The only thing that's good on this cover is Eva Longoria Parker looks friggin hot on the front cover. She's sitting atop the title card with Paul Rudd and Lake Bell embracing below her. The back is filled up with four larger-than-usual (for a back cover anyway) photos and a synopsis along with the billing block and tech specs. Boring.
THE FINAL WORD
Over Her Dead Body is simply uninspired filmmaking at its worst. It's proof that you can get a semi-talented cast together with names people know from much better works and get much worse works like this make into horrible movies.

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Comments (6)

  1. Nathan1677

    I thought it was ok, a good attempt at romantic comedy, but nothing that I would watch more then once.

    6 years agoby @nathan1677Flag

  2. The Dark Knight

    I knew this would be lame lol good review Gall

    6 years agoby @thedarkknight23Flag

  3. Brian Gallagher

    Beebs: Suck it! Better have some good ones in this new package;)

    CrryptKeeper: Thanks much for the props. Mucho appreciado.

    willypete77: I do agree Eva was pretty good and I did enjoy watching her. It was pretty much the only part I enjoyed though. At least I hope you had a good date to this movie, willy:)

    Peace in. Gallagher out!

    6 years agoby @gallagherFlag

  4. The CryptKeeper

    I thought this would be lame, thats why I avoided it. Good review, Gallagher. ALL your reviews are good. I can see why you are official

    6 years agoby @catwomanFlag

  5. willypete77

    This movie was not that bad. The acting on Eva's part was pretty good. It was a great date movie, and I loved the way the story flowed.

    6 years agoby @willypete77Flag

  6. Brian

    Ha. You love it.

    6 years agoby @brianFlag