Parents' Guide to

Ghost Cat

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tame ghost story has mild scares but some intense themes.

Movie NR 2004 87 minutes
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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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