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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.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 10
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
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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?

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5 stars

Absoulutely funny! I love this movie and Rick Moranis is just too adorable. Bill Murray & the rest were awesome :) I just love it!!! :)

- movieguru12, Tuesday, October 12, 2010

5 stars

GHOSTBUSTERS was a smashing and innovative 1984 comedy that was the perfect blending of clever comedy, eye-popping special effects, and supernatural silliness that was one of the biggest box office smashes of the year and deservedly so. Three professors doing college research on the supernatural lose their funding and decide to go into business for themselves as paranormal investigators. Bill Murray towers over all with his near perfect comic performance as Dr. Peter Venkman, a sort of wise ass guy who doesn't take this ghostbusting stuff seriously until they start making real money. Dan Aykroyd is a charmer as Ray, "the heart of the Ghostbusters" and Harold Ramis, who would gain greater fame as a director, generates real laughs here as Egon ("I collect spores, moles, and fungus.") Sigourney Weaver makes an intelligent and refreshing damsel in distress and Rick Moranis steals every scene he's in as Weaver's nerdy neighbor who also becomes part of the story as we learn the apartment building where Weaver and Moranis live is on top of some ancient burial ground. Annie Potts (DESIGNING WOMEN) also scores as the guys' secretary and William Atherton is funny as an EPA exec out to ruin the Ghostbusters. But it is mostly Murray's beautifully flippant performance laid against some awesome (for 1984) special effects that made this movie work. It even has a very catchy title tune that became a top ten smash for Ray Parker, Jr. An instant comedy classic and deservedly so.

- MisterYoda666, Thursday, April 15, 2010

3 stars

Part One Million in the Drew Needs to Rejoin Pop Culture Series. This is a lot more adult than you'd give it credit for, isn't it? What with all the oral sex jokes and the implication that Rick Moranis banged Sigourney Weaver and everything. Almost inevitably hampered by that cultural shithole we call the 80s, but not enough to keep it from being watchable and fun.

- ceWEBrity, Friday, March 5, 2010