Ghost walk among us everyday in the horror comedy Extra Ordinary. They are the lost and lonely souls whose actions are frequently mistaken for insignificant events. A tiny stone rolling a few spaces. Ghost. A pen cap not quite where you left it. Ghost. A small tree branch bobbing up and down in the wind. Ghost waving hello.
Only a select few individuals, such as driving school instructor Rosie (Maeve Higgins), posses the “talent” to communicate with theses restless spirits. As Rosie discovered as a little girl, such gifts can also be a curse. Working alongside her father Vincent Dooley (Risteard Cooper), an expert on all things paranormal, Rosie saw firsthand the consequences that come with messing with the dark arts.
Still haunted by her father’s death, Rosie has sworn off using her gift anymore. Not that this stops the locals in her small Irish town from calling her daily to request her services. However, this all changes when Rosie meets and falls for Martin Martin (Barry Ward), a charming single father whose house is haunted by the ghost of his deceased wife. Complicating matters further is the fact that one-hit wonder rock musician Christian Winter (Will Forte), a satanic worshiper who is hoping to resurrect his career through a virgin sacrifice, has picked Martin’s daughter Sarah (Emma Coleman) to be his next victim.
A hilarious romp from beginning to end, Extra Ordinary will delight those who love films such as Ghostbusters and Shaun of the Dead. The film does a wonderful job of skewing the paranormal genre. Thankfully directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman’s film does not rest on its satirical jabs the way the Scary Movie franchise does. Extra Ordinary is a sharp comedy that also holds it own as an inventive paranormal tale.
Part of Extra Ordinary’s charm is its script that is filled with immensely quotable one-liners. Whether it is Martin adamantly declaring that “killing [his] dead wife is not an option” or the sly references to films like The Exorcist, the dialogue ensures that one will be revisiting the film multiple times. It also helps that Higgins and Ward, both in top comedic form, deliver the lines with an earnest charm that is infectious.
Higgins is wonderful as the loveable Rose. Although Rose has been blessed with special talents, Higgins reminds us that the driving instructor is not quite a master yet. She still lacks experience in several areas regarding both the living and the dead. Higgins’ work is perfectly balanced by Ward’s brilliant physical comedy. Conveying multiple personas throughout, as Martin must embody the various ghosts in order to extract their ectoplasm, Ward effortlessly brings each new ghost to life with great zeal.
A comedic delight that injects new life to a genre focused on the dead, Extra Ordinary is not to be missed.