Movie Review: The Selling (2011)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2011 comedy starring Gabriel Diani and Janet Varney.

Synopsis: Honest real estate agent Richard Scarry agrees to purchase a house that is linked to an accused serial killer because he believes he can fix it up and sell it for enough of a profit to pay his mother’s medical expenses. However, shortly after purchasing the home, he and his friend, Dave, discover the house is haunted by the killer’s victims and those restless spirits will make selling the house difficult.


I came across this film on one of our movie channels a couple nights ago and, while I had never heard of the movie before, it did sound interesting enough to justify recording it. However, when my wife and I ended up watching it last night, I honestly wasn’t really expecting it to be any good. As it turns out, it was a very entertaining movie.

Ghost movies and comedy don’t always work well together but, in this particular case, the film was actually pretty funny. A big part of the reason for this was the way the writers decided not to make the ghosts, themselves, funny (they were actually a little scary) and, instead, focused on the various reactions from Richard (Diani), Dave (Klein) and the people they were trying to sell the house to.

I think the funniest scene in this movie had to be the one with Bostwick’s Father Jimmy trying to perform the exorcism and failing miserably.  I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to give out the spoilers. But, when you have a priest running for his life, you know you’re in trouble.

Another thing I found I liked about this movie was the fact there was a bit of mystery. At least from everything they knew about the house, no actual murder had ever taken place there and the killer himself also died elsewhere. In fact, the only real connection the house had to the killer is he lived there for a short period of time. Yet, it was still haunted for reasons Barry, with the help of a waitress/ghost expert (Devine) had to figure out, especially when one of the ghosts starts putting Richard and his friends in danger. That part of the movie did keep the film from becoming predictable.

In fact, my only real complaint about the movie had to be the ending. It was a bit drawn out and, at times, a little confusing. I would have loved to see the filmmakers take a different approach with that or, at very least, shorten it a bit.

Final Opinion

I had doubts about this film but, as I said, it turned out to be funnier than expected and, because of that, is a movie I would recommend watching if you’re looking for something different.

My Grade: B

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