A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Max is bullied and treated badly. His ghost friends help him repel the bully.
Violence & Scariness
Ghosts make threatening gestures, but these turn into jokes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ali Lohan's character Traci is chosen as Max's assistant because he has a crush on her.
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Max and his brother call each other "dork" and "dweeb." Max is called a "loser."
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Products & Purchases
Some mention of texting instead of studying. A camera phone takes video.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a movie about ghosts who come out of the basement wall. Young children or sensitive viewers might be afraid of the haunted-house feeling of this movie. The ghosts have scary faces and make spooky noises. Phears is a frightening character, even if he tries to be funny. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
R.L. STINE'S MOSTLY GHOSTLY does improve as it progresses, but the first 20 minutes are a disaster. The acting is stagey, and the plot is pasted together. As soon as Tara and Nicky show up, things begin to rev up. And the scenes of Max being nerdy at school work better than the scenes at home. Ali Lohan's cameo as Traci feels contrived, but kids are going to enjoy the energy that she brings to the production. It's not great Halloween viewing, but it's not as frightening as other choices out there.
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