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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Through talk and example, the main character learns the importance of putting family over career.
Positive Role Models
Elliott Hopper learns to put his family ahead of his career.
Violence & Scariness
A man is presumed dead after the cab he is riding in rolls off a bridge after the cabbie drives recklessly throughout the city. A teen girl falls down the stairs after slipping on a pair of roller skates and ends up in a coma in the ER.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and a woman are in a bedroom, making references to "afternoon delight" and "performance anxiety."
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"Jesus Christ." "Eat s--t." "Crappy." A teen boy calls the house of a teen girl, and when the girl's father answers, he asks him to "put the bitch on the phone." The father, in ghost form, goes through the phone wires and screams the expression at the boy several times.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A ghost pours himself a drink of scotch. He tries to drink it, but it literally goes through him and falls to the floor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghost Dad is a 1990 comedy starring Bill Cosby as a father who, after becoming a ghost after a ludicrous car accident, must learn to put his family ahead of his career. There are some moments of inappropriate behavior -- for instance, after emerging from the car accident seemingly unharmed, a police officer approaches Cosby and urinates on him, because he has now become an invisible ghost. The cab driver who leads Cosby's character to his apparent death behaves like a psychopath, swerving his cab through a series of near-accidents while screaming "Do you worship Satan?" Aside from this, there is occasional profanity ("s--t," "bitch), and a scene where a man and woman hint at having sex while in a bedroom. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While some of the clothes and technology haven't exactly aged well, GHOST DAD is a still-enjoyable comedy, due in no small part to Bill Cosby. After playing Cliff Huxtable in The Cosby Show for a number of years before the release of this movie, it wasn't a big stretch for Cosby to play a dad -- even a dad who becomes a ghost -- and he brings his trademark humor and style to the role, and Sidney Poitier's directing brings out the best of the other characters.
There are times when the movie veers into utter absurdity, even by ghost story standards, and some of the humor is a bit iffy for younger kids, but overall the movie is funny. It's pure entertainment, and taken for its own sake, Ghost Dad is a fun movie for older kids and parents.
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