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  • PG
  • 1h 50m
  • 1996
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When a young boy's mother dies, he invents an imaginary friend to accompany him to his new home far away. How can a boy be lonely with a gentle giant named Bogus? Gerard Depardieu and Whoopi Goldberg star together for the first time in this warmhearted tale of magic and fantasy.
© 1996 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

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Common Sense Says
Boy loses mom and gains imaginary friend in emotional drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the 1996 family drama Bogus is primarily about dealing with the loss of a loved one, in this case a 7-year-old boy's mother, killed in a car accident. With no other family, he's sent far away to be in the care of the mother's foster sister, a best friend when the girls were children and in foster care. An imaginary friend appears to help him through the ordeal but he soon appears to the new caretaker, a person equally damaged by loss and stuck in her childhood trauma. A boy sleepwalks up a dangerously-high ladder. Although played in some cases for humor by great comic actors Whoopi Goldberg and Gerard Depardieu, there's no hiding the sadness at the heart of the story, so parents should be advised that sensitive kids may enjoy the invisible friend, but may also deeply feel the pain that he's there to combat.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date:September 6, 1996
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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