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Ghost Dad

Ghost Dad
Ghost Dad
Ghost Dad
  • PG
  • 1h 23m
  • 1990
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Bill Cosby stars as a man who is caught between here and the hereafter in this warm-hearted family comedy directed by Sidney Poitier. As an overworked widower, Elliot Hopper (Cosby) is on the verge of completing a major business deal when he takes a harrowing taxi ride that ends in the bottom of the river. Now a ghost, he must learn how to be seen and heard so he can take care of his family. Don't miss the out-of-body fun in this hilarious comedy co-starring Denise Nicholas, Kimberly Russell and Ian Bannen.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A startlingly misconceived effort from director Sidney Poitier and star Bill Cosby, Ghost Dad is a listless, glacially-paced comedy that's alternately schmaltzy and incomprehensible.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Bill Cosby ghost movie has some iffy humor, profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ghost Dad is a 1990 comedy starring Bill Cosby as a father who, after becoming a ghost after a ludicrous car accident, must learn to put his family ahead of his career. There are some moments of inappropriate behavior -- for instance, after emerging from the car accident seemingly unharmed, a police officer approaches Cosby and urinates on him, because he has now become an invisible ghost. The cab driver who leads Cosby's character to his apparent death behaves like a psychopath, swerving his cab through a series of near-accidents while screaming "Do you worship Satan?" Aside from this, there is occasional profanity ("s--t," "bitch), and a scene where a man and woman hint at having sex while in a bedroom.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:June 30, 1990
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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