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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • PG-13
  • 2h 4m
  • 2021
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From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Ghostbusters: Afterlife crosses the streams between franchise revival and exercise in nostalgia -- and this time around, the bustin' mostly feels good.
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Common Sense Says
Playful paranormal reboot offers funny frights for families.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ghostbusters: Afterlife reboots the beloved Ghostbusters franchise as a frighteningly good comedy adventure about kids ridding a town of ghosts. This installment takes place decades after the events of the original and was written to appeal to kids (including a self-possessed tween girl scientist leading the charge), who don't need to have seen the original to enjoy this one. But longtime fans will be rewarded with a basketful of Easter eggs and cameos from all of the original living Ghostbusters: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts (Egon/Harold Ramis died in 2014). Count on seeing ghosts both funny and fearsome; keep in mind that special effects have improved since 1984, and what didn't scare you as a kid might be more frightening through the lens of modern technology. There are references to virginity (without an explanation of what that term means) and a couple of other sexual insinuations that will likely go over most kids' heads. You can also expect a few swear words ("a--hole," "s--t"). Still, this is definitely a more family-friendly film than the original, with themes of friendship, forgiveness, and redemption. Watch through the end of the credits for an extra treat.

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

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Comedy
  • Release Date:October 30, 2021
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:No
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