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Over Her Dead Body

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Source: Catholic News Service

Bland romantic comedy about a psychic (Lake Bell) who falls in love with her reluctant client (Paul Rudd), grieving for his fiancee who died on their wedding day a year earlier, and how the ghost of the intended bride (Eva Longoria Parker) jealously tries to sabotage the budding romance. Writer and first-time director Jeff Lowell's formulaic script is amiably pleasant at best, but never as funny or touching as it aspires to be, though, refreshingly, graphic sexual material typical of this genre is minimal, and there's even a reasonably positive priest character. Some instances of profanity and crass language, passing sexual and gay references, a nongraphic nonmarital sexual encounter, some crude humor and brief partial female nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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