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By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer In his latest role in the new romantic comedy "Over Her Dead Body," Paul Rudd plays a man whose fiancee (Eva Longoria Parker) is accidentally killed on their wedding day. When he reluctantly gets some help from Ashley -- a psychic/caterer!!! -- he falls madly in love with her. The only problem is, Ashley is now being haunted by his jealous ghost-of-an-ex-fiancee. And the only question is how Rudd, Longoria Parker and Lake Bell got caught up in this "spiritless" farce. Ghost stories have been a staple of movies since cinema's infancy. There have been romantic ghost dramas like "Ghost" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," outrageous comedies such as "Ghostbusters," "Haunted Mansion" and "Ghost Breakers" and spine-tingling thrillers like "The Sixth Sense," "The Others," "The Orphanage" and "The Uninvited." "Dead Body" is the latest variation on an old theme -- the romantic ghost comedy. Here's a look at several other ethereal comedies.
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