Casper

Movie review by Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Haunted house tale not as mild as the cartoons.

PG 1995 100 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 20 reviews

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age 14+

Too much swearing

The movie is really good, but why do they need all of the swearing. My family including my 7 year old little sister wanted to watch a Halloween movie, but we had to stop it because of swearing. Such a bummer. Words include bi**h, h**l, d**n, and pi*s.

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Too much swearing
age 7+

Great Movie With Various Perspectives

After reading the comments, I see most people enjoy this movie with a few picking it over nothing (e.g. Not an accurate portrait of ghost?). I first saw the movie in my preteen. It was a fun & 'cute' movie, highly entertaining with the trio & treasure hunting & stuff. As I grew older & revisit this movie, I see more 'layers' of the movie other than a 'kiddie ghost story'. Dr. Harvey (Bill Pullman, excellent as usual) is having a hard time dealing with the death of his wife, & Kat (Ricci, a great break from the cool-headed Wednesday Adams) is having a hard time adjusting her father's constant move as well as grieving her mother on her own. Then, there is Casper grieving his own death as well as his father's death. And then there is Carrigan's mourning her father... not leaving her all the riches. Then there is Casper's heroic act (go see the movie, it's one of the most touching moment), Dr. Harvey's reunion, etc. Etc. From a child's point of view, it's pure entertainment. From an art lover's point of view, you have to awe at the special effect & sets. From an audience seeking emotional outlet, well, bring in an extra box of kleenex. It's a very touching, warm-hearted, humorous, sweet little movie about a friendly ghost named Casper. Just a side note, it is quite interesting to watch Addams' Family & Casper & Sleepy Hollow & see Christina Ricci grow from the eccentric Wednesday Addams to a regular teenager Kat Harvey to a beautiful young lady Katrina Van Tessel.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism

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