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

Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this iconic '80s movie mixes a ton of humor (some of it fairly racy) in with the plotline about catching scary ghosts (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, though the now-dated special effects may not faze older kids. There's some strong language ("s--t" a few times, for starters) and sexually charged scenes, including one in which 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 a male character, 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?
  • Talk about how 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 though the Ghostbusters were in danger?
  • Do you believe in ghosts, and why or why not?

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5 stars

A total classic and with good reason. MVP Bill Murray. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Saturday, April 20, 2013

3 stars

'Ghostbusters'. Its effects have aged terribly, but the same can't be said for Bill Murray's comedic genius that draws laughs time and time again. Notable exception: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!

- c0up, Saturday, September 22, 2012

4 stars

If you were to watch this now you would probably laugh at the special effects, but I bet they were awesome back in 1984. To me it's a classic; an all around good and fun movie.

- fb729949618, Thursday, October 4, 2012