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Kate is a demanding and controlling woman who obsesses over every little detail in life. Her fiance, Henry, is an easy-going veterinarian and they are perfect together. On their wedding day, Kate is accidentally killed by a falling ice sculpture. Her fiance is traumatized. A year later, Henry's sister urges him to see a psychic but his psychic falls in love with him.
Romantic Comedy - This is a romantic comedy with a supernatural angle. Despite the
advertising, Eva Longoria Parker's screen time is limited compared to
the two true leads, Paul Rudd and Lake Bell, so her fans may be
disappointed. Women are the target audience.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Over Her Dead Body is strictly TV fare - the kind of thing you could watch late at night after a long bout of channel surfing and not feel too guilty about it (if you stay awake).
Roger EbertFull Review Average Consider for a moment how this movie might play if it took itself seriously. Would it be better than as a comedy? I suspect so.
USA TodayFull Review Average Though the tale may fall short on imagination, the principal actors make Over Her Dead Body livelier than one would expect.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 134 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:All loved it!
TEENS:The females loved "Over Her Dead Body." They almost all gave it very high reviews. Even the few guys who gave a review really enjoyed it. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Many of the ladies loved it, rating it "Excellent" or "Fantastic." However, quite a large percentage rated it "Very Good," which is a high review but not real high. It indicates a movie you will certainly enjoy but not likely love. I have no problem recommending this movie to the ladies. Nearly all will enjoy it very much. As for the guys, they rated it between above average and below average, which isn't very good. But, the teen and adult male reviews are great so I have no problem recommending "Over Her Dead Body" as a great date movie.
ADULTS:The female reviews are almost identical to those of the twentysomething females. The male reviews are also quite good, especially considering the type of story this is. Recommended.
Kate (Eva Longoria Parker), a beautiful yet exceedingly demanding and controlling woman obsesses over every little detail in life. She is about to be married to Henry (Paul Rudd), an easy-going veterinarian and the only person who can calm her down during the chaos of their wedding preparations. Kate and Henry are perfect together; however, fate is beyond anyone's control. On her wedding day, in her obsessive Bridezilla-like attempt to make everything perfect, Kate is accidentally killed by a falling ice sculpture of, ironically, an angel. Her fiancé Henry is understandably traumatized upon hearing the news.
A year later, with Henry unable to move on with life, his sister Chloe (Lindsay Sloane) convinces him that what he needs is permission from Kate's spirit to start life anew. At Chloe's urging, and but remaining greatly skeptical, he agrees to meet Ashley (Lake Bell), a psychic who also runs a catering company with her gay best friend, Dan (Jason Biggs).
The initial reading doesn't work and leaves Henry even more skeptical than before, but he becomes intrigued by Ashley when she refuses his payment. Chloe does not give up trying to help her brother move on with love and life, so she steals Kate's diary from Henry and gives it to Ashley, then convinces her brother to give the psychic a second chance. Ashley, of course, uses the diary's information to pretend to communicate with Kate's ghost as a favor to Chloe to try and help Henry.
Ashley slowly begins to fall for Henry but she gets more than she bargained for when Kate actually does reveal herself as a disgruntled and possessive ghost, and Ashley is the only person who can see and talk to her. Kate is upset that Ashley has designs on her former fiancé, while Ashley is understandably somewhat shaken by the sudden appearance.
Henry and Ashley's relationship just infuriates Kate, putting her on the warpath to prevent him from dating someone who she considers her nemesis. She turns Ashley's life into a living hell by using her ghostly powers to torment her. But Ashley ultimately decides to match Kate at her own game in order to get what she truly wants – Henry.