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The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Dated ghostly hijinks lack panache but have family appeal.

Movie NR 1980 92 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

A serious time movie is poetical good

PG-13: mild scares, brief suggestive image and insults

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This made-for-TV Disney movie from 1980 takes a while to get going but if you persevere you can't help but be sucked in. A fun cast of characters includes friendly ghosts, plucky school girls, and an entertainingly wicked aunt. While the men are generally portrayed as old-fashioned and sexist, it's all presented with a heavy dose of irony, and the female characters (young and old) make strong, positive role models. The schoolgirls transform the mood at Buxley Hall with loud music, hair styling, and T-shirts with slogans like "Never underestimate the power of a woman" -- pretty forward-thinking for a 40-year-old movie.

Kids will giggle at The Ghosts of Buxley Hall's meager special effects, and there are plenty of weak jokes throughout, but as the pace picks up the story gets more compelling and even the humor improves. After building to a tense but exciting finale -- as the boys and girls work together in a classic Disney-style stand off -- the happy ending is a big shout out for equality (and even a hint of romance).

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