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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Playful paranormal reboot offers funny frights for families.

Movie PG-13 2021 124 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 34 parent reviews

age 13+

Inappropriate for kids !

Honestly disappointed in the parents who said this was okay for a 10 year old. I went ahead and rented it. Only to have my kid hear " virgin, humping, 3rd base, sexual appeal, boning" and countless other curse words. Also, the mother mentions getting drunk multiple times.. If you don’t care what your kid learns learns go ahead and let then see this garbage.kid content at all.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
20 people found this helpful.
age 13+

Faithful revisit to the Ghostbusters target audience

My wife and I took the family out to see the new Ghostbusters because we heard it was a faithful addition to the Ghostbusters original canon. It was precisely so! The action was great, the cinematics were 21st century, and the tie-ins were numerous! What's more, for those who didn't grow up with Gozer and company, it was still a great flick! My children enjoyed the film which had suspense and tense moments but refrained from being a horror flick. Moreover, it was a bright enough flick to actually be able to tell what was going on! I thoroughly enjoyed the film and the numerous callbacks to the originals. Great flick, great cast, and great balancing act by the writers and actors/actresses.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
2 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (34 ):
Kids say (49 ):

The Ghostbusters franchise crosses streams to find new life as a family film that's frighteningly good fun. For anyone who remembers how the original '80s horror comedy shook pop culture like a ginormous Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man stomping through New York, it may have seemed like too much to hope for that a new version could match that magic (especially after the underwhelming 2016 reboot). And yet, Ghostbusters: Afterlife pulls it off. Writer-director Jason Reitman -- son of Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1984 classic -- grew up with this franchise. With Ivan now in the producing role and (according to Jason) sitting right next to his son on set, the duo prove to be the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper, truly re-creating the special feeling of an '80s comedy while adding a modern-day spin that fits with today's sensibilities.

While pulling back from the original's eyebrow-raising banter and behavior, this kidventure still respects its elders. The 1984 film was about four scientific misfits who don't quite fit into society but believe in themselves when no one else does and, through their courage and ingenuity, save the world. Here, the same premise is reignited: Four diverse kids come together to follow a similar path. The lead character in the ensemble is Phoebe, whose logical brain is a social hindrance (as she starts her first day of summer school, her mother jokingly calls out "Don't be yourself!"). But she's undeterred in her approach to life: She's comfortable in her own skin, and she ain't afraid of no ghosts ("overstimulation calms me" she coolly states while blasting a particularly hungry apparition named Muncher). The score, the lighting, the camera angles, the humor, the throwback references, the cameos, the script -- everything comes together perfectly to create the tingly feeling that we're watching Ghostbusters meets The Goonies, with a touch of Gremlins (without the parts that often worry parents). When it comes to the impossible challenge of rebooting a beloved, iconic comedy, the Reitmans can say "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass."

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