Casper | Full Movie

Casper
  • PG
  • 1h 39m
  • 1995
Rotten44%
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Seeing is believing when everyone’s favorite friendly ghost stars in this charming, live-action adventure from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. “Ghost therapist” Dr. James Harvey (Bill Pullman) and his daughter, Kat (Christina Ricci), have been hired by Carrigan Crittenden (Cathy Moriarty) and her partner-in-slime, Dibs (Eric Idle), to get rid of the spirits at drafty, old Whipstaff Manor. Sure enough, the place is haunted by The Ghostly Trio – Stretch, Stinkie and Fatso – who don’t believe “fleshies” should come anywhere near their haunted domain. But Kat soon meets another, very different kind of spirit: Casper, a good-natured ghost who's just looking for a friend. Can they all learn to live with each other? With dazzling special effects and undeniable humor, it’s a family friendly adventure that’s ghostly fun for everyone!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten44%
Critics Consensus: A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.
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Variety
Brian Lowry
Rotten

Once the audience has become inured to the wide-eyed protagonist and impressive digitized effects,...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond
Fresh

The set design, however, merely disguises what is in fact an intimate and likeable picture.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Caryn James
Fresh

Casper's movie is not the cleverest one around, but its hero may be the most lovable.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Haunted house tale not as mild as the cartoons.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Casper is a 1995 adaptation of the well-known cartoon series chronicling the adventures of the titular "friendly ghost." The cartoon Casper and other Casper movies are much milder than this one. There are deaths here and much talk about the spirit world and grieving the loss of parents. The main character, Kat, sees one parent as a ghost, and another parent dies and comes back with the help of an invention. Kat also has a crush on Casper, who died as a tween boy. Casper's ghost uncles can be crude and mischievous and they take Kat's father out drinking at a bar. There is some bullying -- Kat is verbally teased by the popular kids as the "new kid" in school, and Casper's uncles bully him too. There is some profanity: "bitch," "damn," "hell," "Jesus," "for Christ's sake." A tween girl says "piss off." There's also some sexual innuendo: In one scene, Kat's father's pants are removed by Casper's mischievous uncles, and one of the ghosts says that "he is no Marky Mark." Parents expecting a wholesome movie version of the cartoon series will be surprised by the language and violence.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date:May 26, 1995
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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