A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Wendy and Casper are both neglected and picked on by their guardians. Witches and ghosts are also seen as mortal enemies, and they are prejudiced against one another. There's no diversity in the cast.
Violence & Scariness
There's lots of comic pratfalls, but no one is injured. When scared by the ghosts, various people jump through windows (on low floors), fall over luggage, etc. Josh tries to force Wendy to dance with him, grabbing her arm. One of Wendy's aunts slaps a man's face. Wendy's broom attacks two goons trying to hurt Wendy by hitting them on the head and back. No one is injured. Casper punches a guy out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Wendy kisses Casper on the cheek. Wendy and Casper dance, and Wendy flirts with Josh. A guy pinches women's butts.
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A lot of insults directed at Casper and Wendy, but no cursing.
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Products & Purchases
Fanny mentions Dairy Queen and Wendy uses a Compaq laptop.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while no one is injured in this movie, there is a lot of falling, running, jumping, and tripping when people are scared by ghosts. While the tone is usually light, there are also several scenes where the ghosts do things that are scary -- like taking possession of people's bodies and sneaking up on them. Casper's uncles haunt Wendy and her family. In the final showdown, there's lots of screaming and peril and Wendy almost dies. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A lot of Halloween stories are too scary for younger kids, filled with realistic violence or too much intensity; for them, consider the more friendly CASPER MEETS WENDY. It's a movie that's as innocent as the two main characters and full of more silly moments than scary ones. While the plot seems to borrow from everything from Men in Black to Harry Potter, it's still a crazy campy delight that's generous with the puns and silly sight gags.
George Hamilton plays the evil warlock with comic perfection, and kids who like the sillier moments in the Harry Potter or Sabrina the Teenage Witch will love this. But silliness aside, sensitive kids may still have a tough time when Wendy's in danger near the end.
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