A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ghost Team is a low-budget (and low-quality) comedy about a group of young adults -- including characters played by Justin Long and Jon Heder -- who investigate a supposedly haunted house and find more than they expected. There are a few scares and some fights/characters getting knocked out. You can also expect drinking (plus characters stumbling upon a meth lab) and swearing -- including "s--t," "ass," and the occasional "f--k." Note: An unrated version is available to rent/buy; this review doesn't cover the additional content included in that cut.
What's the story?
At the start of GHOST TEAM, Louis (Jon Heder) is bored by his job at a copy shop; he dreams about landing a spot on a popular ghost-hunting reality TV show. So he rounds up his pals and heads out to investigate a nearby house that might be haunted. During the course of a long, creepy night, the gang (which also includes Justin Long, David Krumholtz, Amy Sedaris, and Melonie Diaz) encounters strange noises, mysterious creatures, unexplainable visions, and much more.
Is it any good?
We appreciate satire, but this comedy spoofing the reality TV/supernatural-investigation genre (yes, that's a thing) is just plain lifeless. For starters, there's the dialogue, which is overly explanatory and obvious. Pair that with a heavy-handed soundtrack and a lack of chemistry among the cast, and you have a movie about ghostly spirits that lacks any spirit.
Ghost Team gets points for trying, though: Any self-respecting TV junkie who's found him or herself falling down the paranormal reality TV rabbit hole knows just how rife for spoofing the material is.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Ghost Team compares to other haunted house-style films. What makes the good ones work, and where do the so-so films fall short?
How does the fact that this is a comedy affect the impact of its scarier moments? How much scary stuff can kids handle?
What do you think is Louis' motivation for investigating the haunted house? What is he trying to do with his life? Is this a good way to achieve his goal?
- In theaters: August 12, 2016
- On DVD or streaming: October 18, 2016
- Cast: Jon Heder, Justin Long, David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz
- Director: Oliver Irving
- Studio: The Orchard
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: language including some sexual references, and drug material
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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