R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?

R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?
R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend?
  • PG
  • 1h 30m
  • 2014
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Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!, Gook Luck Charlie), Madison Pettis (Lab Rats, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3) and Ryan Ochoa (Pair of Kings, The Perfect Game) lead an ensemble cast in this spook-tacular adventure with new ghosts, new thrills, and the return of some old friends. Max (Ryan Ochoa) only has eyes for Cammy (Bella Thorne), the smart, popular redhead at school. When Max finally scores a date with Cammy on Halloween, Phears, an evil ghost with plans on taking over the world, unleashes his ghouls and things go haywire. With the help of his ghostly pals, Tara and Nicky, can Max thwart Phears’ evil plot, help reunite his ghost friends with their long-lost parents and still make his date with Cammy on Halloween? R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? is a frightful family delight!

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Bland R.L. Stine entry is more silly than spooky.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that R.L. Stine's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? is based on R.L. Stine's 2004 book of the same name from his Mostly Ghostly series. The film is a follow-up to 2008's Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out? The basic concept -- an 11-year-old boy tries to help a brother-sister ghost team find their missing parents -- is the same, but, because of the time elapsed between the two films, there's a new set of actors in the primary roles. Though the movie is promoted as a "spooky," "scary" adventure, only the youngest or most sensitive kids who have a hard time distinguishing between fictional and real violence will actually be frightened by anything that transpires. The villain, a comically grotesque ghoul with sharp teeth and a hissing, menacing cackle, wields his magic (lightning, zaps, fire, and threats) in such an exaggerated way that it's more silly than scary. Dark spooky music follows the heroes into a cemetery and a haunted house; a band of zombies chases them with sharp-edged weapons. The misfit protagonist is teased, bullied, and occasionally subjected to pratfalls and pranks. Adults are all abysmally ineffectual and foolish.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date:August 19, 2014
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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