Movie review by Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Paranormal '80s classic has some scares, innuendo.

PG 1984 107 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 75 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 161 reviews

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age 9+

Bonafide Classic!!!

PG has always meant parental guidance suggested. What I loved about watching these movies as a kid is that I watched them with my parents who were very active in explaining things and didn't just leave me to watch it by myself. As I got older I started to pick up on the more adult themes which made me enjoy it even more. I just watched it with my 9-year-old nephew and all he really cared about was just how cool the uniforms look and all the interesting ghosts that he saw. Everything else went over his head like it did mine when I was a kid. I'll wait a few years until he's a teenager and have him watch it again with me to see if he notices anything that's mature. It's fun to discover things that you didn't really care about when you were younger using the same movie but watching it at different periods in your life.
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age 8+

I watched it at a young age, and I can’t say Ghostbusters inspired me to curse or smoke

I watched Ghostbusters when I was 8 the language didn’t stick with me and the sexual content went more than over my head. As long as your kid doesn’t literally imitate every action they ever see, this movie should be fine. I will say the Librarian ghost scared me But it only made me Jump, it wasn’t traumatizing or anything At that age, until around age 11 I wasn’t very familiar with curse words, so the language other than damn and hell went over my head. I didn’t understand the sexual content until middle-school, which, let’s be honest, is when your kid will start to be exposed to that type of humor anyway. And I can’t say I was ever aroused as a kid or teen by Dan Akroyd experiencing oral sex from a ghost. But I have always found it funny, even before I knew why, the face he makes is just funny. I will say, If you are a strict conservative, and or Christian *not an insult*, or even if you’re just very touchy about language and all sexual content, I’d recommend giving it a screening first. But, If you’re cool with letting your kid watch PG-13 movies of the modern day, this is completely fine.
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