Parents' Guide to

Ghostbusters II

By Colette DeDonato, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Slime-soaked sequel has violence, cursing.

Movie PG 1989 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 11+

Dark and spooky

(Written by 8yo boy) - Intense, not very funny but still kind of cool. This movie is not as creepy as the first one. But still somewhat. And in this one there actually is a ghost trying to kidnap a baby. Some parts are weird for Ghostbusters -- like they go to jail. Don't be disappointed but the most popular character - the Stay Puft marshmallow man is not in it. Not many boring scenes but if your kid is 11, 12 or maybe even 10 they will enjoy this
age 11+

More family-friendly than the first.

There’s still PG language though! A good movie; not as good as the first, but still good.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (29 ):

Murray's in his prime here as one of four fearless slime fighters in a sequel that's almost as funny and entertaining as the original. GHOSTBUSTERS II was partially written by two of its actors: Dan Akroyd (who played Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler). It's hard not to laugh at anything Bill Murray says or does. He has a sly, wry, comic genius that makes even the simplest plot (which is what gives this sci-fi adventure its charm) a little more complex.

This hodgepodge of occult, paranormal, and plain bizarre elements means all kinds of zaniness is free to ensue -- especially when you serenade Lady Liberty with a little Motown. It's a nice little send-up to the world of psychics and other New Age types, as well, who take themselves far too seriously. It can even put some of those paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters and Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead in perspective for kids who can get caught up in the hype. However outdated the special effects might seem in today's light, the movie works as a not-so-scary comedic action film.

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