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 12+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Not kid friendly

This film references porn, prostitution, and other sexual activity

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Get ready to cry tears of laughter!

Thought it was outrageously funny! This is the kind of film that really gets you laughing off your chair. I loved the humor, storyline and characters. I felt sorry for the main dude, even though he had a bad attitude, made it more great. The jokes throughout are horrendously funny & stuff you haven't heard before. The ghosts rocked even though they were totally annoying. Language was not too bad..but an "f" word pops out when you least expect it & some "s" words as well as others. Not recommended to those under 12.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
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.

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