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Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Ghostly adventure has more mental health jokes than scares.

Movie NR 2015 99 minutes
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Despite the promise of ghosts, adventure, and laughs, this is a boring affair with iffy jokes about mental health. The action in Ghosthunters: On Icy Trails centers around an unlikely trio who, in their own way, are all misunderstood. Tom is scared of everything, something the movie continually pokes fun at. Hetty's mood swings make her difficult to warm up to. And then there's Hugo, a friendly ghost who bears more than a passing resemblance to Slimer from Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, while Slimer had charm, Hugo is just annoying.

The film isn't short on jokes; they just fail to land. The funniest lines are references to other films, but jokes about Scarface and The Matrix are strange reference points for a kid audience. Themes about friendship and teamwork are central to the plot, but they're hammered home in such a way that they feel forced. In one scene, Tom talks about how much he loves his family, but it's hard to believe, given how badly they treat him -- especially his sister, whose behavior goes beyond sibling bickering. By the time Hetty mentions Hogwarts, you're left wondering why you're not watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone instead.

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