A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good students can make interesting discoveries.
Positive Role Models
An inspired science teacher tries to engender enthusiasm for his subject in his bored students. Cynthia is a dedicated science student. And although the neighbor she must serve is difficult and rude, she has great empathy for the woman.
Violence & Scariness
A good science student sends up a small homemade rocket that causes a neighbor to fall and hurt herself. A man falls off a ladder.
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"Old biddy," "old bat," "damn," "heck," and "shut up."
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Products & Purchases
Diet Pepsi is mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghost Trap is a 2013 fantasy/sci-fi movie. Given the thousands of good children's movie that are available, there would never be any reason, short of the sudden destruction of every other movie ever made, to subject anyone to the experience of sitting through this dreadful mess. A science teacher shows junior high students how to detect and catch ghosts. The language, situations, and story are all numbingly lacking in wit and art. Profanity and name-calling include "old biddy," "old bat," "damn," "heck," and "shut up." A good science student sends up a small homemade rocket that causes a neighbor to fall and hurt herself. A man falls off a ladder. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Be warned that it would be fair to describe watching this display of cinematic ineptitude as a mild form of torture no decent kid or adult should ever have to endure. Volumes would be required to explain the ways in which this movie is awful and makes no sense, but those who have seen the 2013 Junior High Spy by the same director-writer team will be familiar with scenes that are incompetently conceived, lifelessly acted, and cluelessly directed. Save yourself the agony and skip this miserable movie.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.