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The Ghosts of Buxley Hall

The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
  • UR
  • 1h 33m
  • 1980
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Get ready for high jinks and high spirits as a trio of friendly ghosts scares up a hilariously haunting tale of friendship, bravery, and teamwork. The ghostly residents of 100-year-old Buxley Hall conjure up some supernatural mayhem when the financially strapped school is forced to allow girls into the boys-only academy. Their only hope is 13-year-old Jeremy, a shy cadet who’s an heir to a fortune. But when the ghosts learn that the boy’s conniving aunt is out to steal Jeremy’s inheritance so she can buy the school and demolish it, they charge to his rescue.
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Common Sense Says
Dated ghostly hijinks lack panache but have family appeal.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Ghosts of Buxley Hall is a jaunty ghost story -- and Disney TV movie -- with no real scares but mild intrigue and a few laughs. Tongue-in-cheek sexism is rife -- female characters are consistently patronized but their charm and confidence means the joke is well and truly on the men. Don't expect chills or creepiness -- this is more of a ghostly romp with slapstick hauntings and charming ghosts. The only real peril comes from money-grabbing characters with sinister plans, but even they are portrayed as clownish and relatively unthreatening. A casual reference to "Suicide Hill" is alarming, but the ensuing scene is a jolly race to the top of said hill. An uncomfortable sex education lesson is played for laughs but may simply confuse younger viewers. In one scene, after being plied with alcohol, a character is clearly drunk, slurring his words. Overall, the takeaway is positive as gender equality triumphs and the underdogs prevail.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Fantasy, Family
  • Release Date:December 21, 1980
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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