Parents' Guide to

Ghost Town

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comedy is sweet, but a little short on romance.

Movie PG-13 2008 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Not kid friendly

This film references porn, prostitution, and other sexual activity
age 15+

Funny but too many sexual references for kids and younger teens

The movie was funny and heartwarming but not for younger teens. Prostitution, sex trade, and strippers are referenced. In the beginning, a man is purchasing a “love pad” for his mistress. The common sense media review says there’s a joke about a mummy’s private parts. What caught me off guard was that she refers to his private part as his d*** and is talking about how large it was. My 12 year old daughter was very embarrassed by this part and I wish I had known to skip it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

It's refreshing to find a romantic comedy that doesn't try too hard. There's an ease to the storytelling in GHOST TOWN that eschews the typical look-at-me-I'm-so-cute style that too many others adopt. It also ably balances pathos with humor, mining the sadness in a moment -- the film is about death, after all -- while preventing it from getting too mournful and breaking the mood.

That said, the story takes a little too much time to unfold; the first 30 minutes are on the cusp of being slow. And then the end feels compressed, the romance rushed. Plus, the chemistry between Gervais -- who's certainly appealing in his oddball way -- and Leoni is nonexistent. While you can imagine them hanging out at a cocktail party and having an unexpectedly great time, they're unconvincing as a potential couple. The real winner here is the city of New York, which, though haunted by ghosts, is showcased at its glowy, autumnal best.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 18, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: December 28, 2008
  • Cast: Greg Kinnear , Ricky Gervais , Tea Leoni
  • Director: David Koepp
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some strong language, sexual humor and drug references.
  • Last updated: September 17, 2023

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