Scary Movie Review: Extra Ordinary (2019)

Title: Extra Ordinary
Release Date: September 13, 2019
Director: Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman
Production Company: Blinder Films

Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) has a talent for talking with ghosts but after an accident leads to the death of her paranormal investigator father (Risteárd Cooper), she refuses to use them. Insead she becomes a driving instructor.  Meanwhile, Martin Martin (Barry Ward) is a man haunted by the ghost of his wife, which is played out as a long henpecked husband joke.  And one-hit wonder rock musician Christian Winter (Will Forte) who has decided to summon a demon to revive his career and needs a virgin to sacrifice (is this going to be the theme of movies I watch this month?). Martin’s teenage daughter Sarah becomes his target (Emma Coleman).  Rose and Martin partner up to defend Sarah from spectral forces and begin forming a romantic attachment.

There are things I like about this movie.  I like Maeve Higgins and she was the main reason I chose to watch this movie and her performance is suitably charming.  The gently quirky romcom/paranormal relationship between Rose and Martin is enjoyable.  On the other hand Forte’s performance is overly-broad to the point of annoyance.  There’s a tonal shift in the final act to more gross-out comedy and there’s a number of plot twists thrown in but none of them really work.  In all it’s a likable noble failure, but not a particularly good film.

Rating: **

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