What parents need to know
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's the story?
The hilarious team of Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis fight ghosts and ghouls in their profession of paranormal sanitation workers. With fully charged proton packs strapped to their backs, they venture around New York City exterminating pesky apparitions. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) falls for Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), a reserved beauty that unwillingly becomes the gatekeeper for an apocalyptic spiritual dimension. The team, along with newcomer Ernie Hudson (Ramis), face-off against demonic forces with cataclysmic magnitude. One notable scene involves the eradication of a 50-foot Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.
Is it any good?
Director Ivan Reitman's Ghostbusters is a family film that succeeds in cleverly combining comedy, action, and some age-appropriate scary stuff. Although, the film has some frightening moments, Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis provide enough comic relief to lighten the fears. Considering its 1984 release date, the film's special effects are superlative.
Parents will enjoy watching this movie with their children. However, during scary scenes (particularly one involving a hardnosed librarian), they might have to cover younger kids' eyes.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
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?