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Chasing Ghosts

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Heavy but often funny movie about grief and afterlife.

Movie NR 2015 92 minutes
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CHASING GHOSTS is a heavy film that won't be easy for any parents to watch, let alone those who have lost a child. Though the brother's death is not shown, his absence hangs over the movie, and some very difficult scenes demonstrate how hard it is to let go of family members we've lost.

But where Chasing Ghosts earns its keep is the way it blends a smart, big-picture sense of humor about being alive with the profound, everyday heaviness of the grieving process. Lucas is a bright, likable kid, and his questions and resilience and creativity in approaching the grieving process are a reminder that everyone must grieve in his own way and that death teaches us all something incredibly powerful about what we should do with our lives, however long they last. Best for kids and families who appreciate quirky humor, offbeat jokes, and existential dilemmas.

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