Over Her Dead Body

Theatrical Release: February 1, 2008
Over Her Dead Body
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Synopsis

Devastated when his fiancée Kate (Eva Longoria Parker) is killed on their wedding day, Henry (Paul Rudd) reluctantly agrees to consult a psychic named Ashley (Lake Bell) at the urging of his sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane). Despite his skepticism over her psychic abilities, Henry finds himself falling hard for Ashley, and vice versa. But there is a big snag. Ashley is being haunted by Kate’s ghost, who considers it her heavenly duty to break up Henry and Ashley’s fledgling romance, if it is the last thing she does on this earthly plane…

Dove Review

“Over Her Dead Body” is a comedy about a jealous ghost. After being killed on her wedding day in a somewhat comical freak accident, Kate finds herself stuck on earth as a ghost, unable to enter heaven until she completes a mission. She assumes that her mission is to stop her almost-husband from falling in love with another woman, Ashley, who happens to be a psychic and the only person who can see and talk to Kate. Kate goes to ridiculous and often humorous lengths, using her supernatural abilities, to sabotage the budding relationship. Although it has some funny moments, including some good physical comedy, the laughs fall flat much of the time. I only found myself laughing out loud two or three times throughout the entire movie.

There is some sexual innuendo, and an unmarried couple stay in the same hotel room on a weekend getaway, and the sex is implied rather than shown. In one scene, a woman asks a man if he believes in heaven, and when he says he’s not sure, she basically says that the world would be a sad place without heaven. Ashley also goes to her priest and asks him to get rid of Kate’s ghost. The priest performs an exorcism in her apartment, and when it’s over, Ashley sincerely promises him that she will start attending church again on a regular basis; she is then shown at church in a later scene. However, due to the strong language and sexual content, “Over Her Dead Body” cannot receive our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kiss on a bed and premarital sex is implied; a couple other scenes that show a man and woman kissing; reference to oral sex.
Language: GD-2; B-2; A-2; D-3; H-5; OG/OMG-8; Cr*p-4; BS-1; P-1; Sc**wed-1; Hussie-1; Slang for male genitalia-1
Violence: Woman is killed when an ice sculpture falls on her, but it is comical in nature and not graphic
Drugs: Woman takes animal tranquilizers from a veterinarian’s cabinet and jokingly asks the vet if they will work on people, but she doesn’t take the drugs; man drinks a beer.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman changes her clothes and we briefly see her in her bra and underwear; woman in shower but only upper back is seen; woman with a towel wrapped around her waist and her arm across her breasts, nothing is visible.
Other: There is one gay character, but we later find out he was only pretending to be gay; flatulence; some characters deceive each other, but there are consequences for their actions; a main character shows reverence toward her priest and heaven, and is shown attending church; a psychic character; an exorcism takes place although it is supposed to be comical.

Info

Company: New Line Cinema
Writer: Jeff Lowell
Director: Jeff Lowell
Producer: Paul Brooks
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Eva Longoria Parker, Paul Rudd, Lake Bell
Reviewer: Samantha Vandersloot