Parents' Guide to

The Canterville Ghost

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Spooky animated Oscar Wilde story has death-related themes.

Movie NR 2023 89 minutes
The Canterville Ghost movie poster: A young White woman with red hair stands in front of her family with a ghost over her right shoulder.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

An amateurish take on a classic literary piece

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This functional retelling of the Oscar Wilde ghost story provides enough entertainment for younger viewers venturing into the world of spooky movies. The Canterville Ghost is lighthearted but suitably gothic, and comic relief is provided by a cocky pair of prankster brothers. Fry gives a spirited performance as the grumpy ghost, Sir Simon De Canterville, and is reunited with his former comedy partner Hugh Laurie, although his role as the Grim Reaper is fleeting. Indeed the concept of death haunts the movie, which may be troubling for the youngest of viewers, although it strongly presents the idea of an afterlife. Elsewhere Miranda Hart's wacky ghosthunter, The Ghost Catcher, grates. But with strong messages of friendship, teamwork and courage, The Canterville Ghost is a solid adaptation that covers some tough subjects.

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