A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie discusses the importance of protecting farms from opportunistic developers.
Positive Role Models
Through tremendous financial difficulties, Brenda runs an animal shelter. Her assistant, Shawn, started working there as part of his community service after getting in trouble with the law, but learned to be a better person through his time there, and stayed on after the community service was finished.
Violence & Scariness
A man tries to asphyxiate all the animals in an animal shelter by cutting off all the oxygen in a barn and turning on a gas-powered engine inside the barn. Later, with the help of another man, this person pours gas everywhere in the barn and tries to set it on fire with the animals inside. During the fire, a girl is trapped in the barn when her foot gets stuck beneath a broken floorboard. A sports car spins out of control on a windy road and rolls down a ditch. The two people inside are injured, but conscious.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief kissing between a teen boy and girl.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief scenes in a bar, where characters drink but do not act intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghost Cat is a made-for-TV movie from 2004 that stars a pre-Juno Elliot Page. As ghost stories go, the "scares" in this one are pretty tame, as the titular feline generally doesn't do much more than knock things over, but the cat does cause an automobile accident by scratching the bad guys in their faces. A man tries to asphyxiate all the animals in an animal shelter. Aside from this, the biggest concern for younger viewers involves scenes with death or dying, as a beloved elderly character is shown dying on her loveseat, and younger characters discuss the recent passings of their parents. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
GHOST CAT is an engaging, if formulaic, ghost story. The ghostly "scares" -- such as they are -- are relatively tame compared to other ghost stories. If there is anything that would be too intense for younger viewers, it's not the appearance of Margaret the ghost cat knocking over cat food, but rather, scenes where characters die, or kids discuss the deaths of their parents. Such willingness to discuss these matters makes this film a bit heavier than most ghost stories, especially as the movie also is unafraid to discuss greed, overdevelopment, and the loss of community at the hands of those who wish to turn farmlands into cookie-cutter subdivisions.
Also, this movie shows a pre-Juno Elliot Page turning in a very good performance, offering a hint at the talent she would display in later movies. Overall, while somewhat predictable, Ghost Cat is a safe bet for cat lovers or kids who are too sensitive for scary movies.
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