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Ghostbusters

comedy, sci-fi & fantasy


Ghosts invade New York and force a trio of spirit exterminators to save the city in one of the biggest comedies of all time. BILL MURRAY, DAN AYKROYD and SIGOURNEY WEAVER head the all-star cast.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    97%
  • Audience Score
    88%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Paranormal fun with some scares, innuendo.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this iconic '80s movie is pretty tame for it to be about catching scary ghosts (only a few are skeletal and scary) and the possible end of the world. The scariest part is probably the large dogs with glowing eyes that attack and possess two characters. Viewers will find some language that's strong for a PG ("s--t" a few times, for starters) and sexually charged scenes, one where a character fantasizes briefly about a ghost giving him oral pleasure, and another where a possessed woman writhes around and says "I want you inside me" to Peter, who laughs it off. Two Ghostbusters do a lot of smoking, often dangling a cigarette out of their mouths while trying to catch ghosts.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what defines a hero. What other movies feature scientists and professors who save the day?
  • Families can also talk about the scares mix with humor. For kids normally scared of things like ghosts, how did the humor help? How did seeing a creature like the 50-foot Stay Puft marshmallow man make you laugh, even while the Ghostbusters were in danger?
  • Families can also discuss ghosts and the supernatural. Do you believe in ghosts, and why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    97%
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  • Audience

    88%

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Hard to believe that this movie came out 28 years ago, until you watch it again and see how young Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver were. The next time you get ready to complain about the price of a DVD or Blue Ray is, I will tell you I paid $69.95 at K mart for the VHS Tape and that was ten dollars less then anywhere else, there wasn't no Wal-Mart back then. Back then it was a 4 star movie, but when I compare it to movies of today I can only muster up 3 stars, but still its a classic that will be shown for years to come.

- bbcfloridabound, Friday, January 6, 2012

3 stars

Hard to believe that this movie came out 28 years ago, until you watch it again and see how young Bill Murry, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver were. The next time you get ready to complain about the price of a DVD or Blue Ray is, I will tell you I paid $69.95 at K mart for the VHS Tape and that was ten dollars less then anywhere else, there wasn't no Wal-Mart back then. Back then it was a 4 star movie, but when I compare it to movies of today I can only muster up 3 stars, but still its a classic that will be shown for years to come.

- bbcfloridabound, Friday, January 6, 2012

4 stars

I love this movie, who doesn't?

- stuartb1234, Saturday, December 24, 2011