Parents' Guide to

Casper

By Polly M. Robertus, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Casper's haunted house tale has bullying, deaths.

Movie PG 1995 100 minutes
Casper Movie Poster: Casper peers over the movie's title, while other ghosts fly around two humans below

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age 9+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 12+

90s trash not fit for kids

I think this movie is a worthless pile. I mean I don’t expect film or tv to imbue my children with valuable life lessons and and impress important ideals into them, but this film was schlocky garbage not fit for kids. Obviously written by some industry vet with zero oversight or care for what they were broadcasting into kids minds. Sexualizes and objectifies the main character Kat throughout the film. -Casper’s one liner is “can I keep you” Also body shaming by dad about forcing her to wear t shirts at the beach Is brought up at the end (why go there?). On top of this the word bitch is used as mentioned before. However what hasn’t been mentioned is that the word is used twice during the climax of the film. During the crescendo of the film the camera zooms into the lead actor Bill Pullman’s face as he addresses the main protagonists and he yells out very clear and defined “back off bitch” directly into the camera. It is a one liner set up and it’s very abrasive. I can’t believe I let my kids watch that garbage. I had old memories of it being a wholesome movie or at least ok for kids but I won’t be trusting my memories anymore! I am coming to realize that film is generally bad and movies that are descent for kids are rare!
age 8+

Perfect Halloween Film!!!!

Casper is a wonderful, underrated film for kids and adults alike. Yes, there is some iffy language throughout but it will fly past young kids' heads, I know it did when I was a kid! Casper is basically about a paranormal expert called Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his teen daughter Kat (Christina Ricci) who move into a huge mansion in Whipstaff Manor that was inherited by a mean lady named Carrigan who's first intentions was to burn it down but after discovering on a map that hidden treasure lies somewhere inside the home, she changes her mind and hires Dr. Harvey to rid the home of ghosts so she can find the treasure. Meanwhile, Kat meets Casper, a friendly "teen" ghost who develops a crush on her. But Casper's rowdy & humorous uncles - Stretch, Fatso and Stinkie - are mean and constantly try to scare everyone away from the home. Later, Casper shows Kat a special machine built by his father that brings the dead back to life (if done properly) and she wants Casper to try it with only enough potion for one more use. But on Halloween, Dr. Harvey loses his life, he becomes a ghost too, and they must all choose whether to use it on her father or on Casper before Carrigan steals it for herself. The language is not too bad (used in comic ways only) but does blurt out a few words like b*tch (twice), p*ss, cr@p, d@mn). Violence has some fighting & bickering, a few deaths, Casper is picked-on frequently by his uncles, arguing and frightening situations. Carrigan is mean to her husband. A teen girl sitting on another teens shoulders as a Halloween costume falls down and he drags her as he runs. Sexual content is mild like jokes that kids won't notice, teen flirting, a tender kiss between Kat & Casper, Dr. Harvey's pants get pulled down as a joke. There is a prolonged scene of drunk ghosts including Dr. Harvey (beer shown). Overall, perfect fun for Halloween, very funny, great cast and very enjoyable for anyone 8 & up (may be too frightening for younger ones!)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (22 ):

Great special effects and fine acting should entertain tweens, who may also like the mild romance between Casper and Kat. Younger kids should find the haunted house in Casper pretty cool, though they might also be frightened at times. As for teens and adults? They'll likely find the scares too silly and the tone too sentimental. Parents also might not love the film's language and violence, especially if they're watching it with their kids.

That said, the relationship between Kat and her father is genuinely sweet. Moriarty is enjoyably Cruella de Vil-ish as Carrigan, and sidekick Dibs (Monty Python's Eric Idle) has funny moments. Cameos by Don Novello as the exorcist, Father Guido Sarducci, and Dan Aykroyd as Ghostbusters' Dr. Ray Stantz are good in-jokes. And the Victorian Gothic set -- with a nifty revolving panel and roller coaster ride to the basement -- is indeed cool.

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