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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Feels slight and repetitive, even when there is no actual rewinding going on.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Whimsy with a capital W. No, it's WHIMSY in all caps. Make that all-caps italic boldface. Oh, never mind. I'm getting too whimsical.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's nothing not to like about the movie, a teensy, hand-crocheted trifle, fitted with embroidered pockets of guest stardom, including Mia Farrow as the nice local lady who wants to see what "Ghostbusters" is all about and "Ghostbusters'" own Sigourney Weaver as a movie-studio corporate meanie, ha-ha.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's an exuberant, fanciful fable set amid the scruffy outskirts of American society, where people's need for escapism coincides with their desire to participate in its creation.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Quirky Jack Black comedy is sweet and silly.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the stars of this comedy -- Jack Black and Mos Def -- are both extremely popular with teens and even tweens. Happily, the movie is age-appropriate for both groups (particularly teens). There's some language (including "s--t"), but not as much as in most PG-13 films, and virtually no sexual activity, save for a few "on camera" kisses while the characters re-shoot movies. There's also one discussion about "getting action." The main product tie-ins are West Coast Video and the re-filmed movies themselves.

  • Families can talk about what the film is saying about Hollywood movies. Can a redone, amateurish 20-minute version of a movie be just as good as -- or better than -- the original? Or is the point that, in re-shooting the films with other movie fans, everyone becomes part of the films and the community? Kids: Does a movie have to be believable to be good?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The entire community unites for a common goal: to make a film and celebrate how it ties them to the neighborhood's history -- real or imagined.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: In one scene, Jerry is magnetized by a power plant, but it's not disturbing, just funny. Mr. Fletcher roughly holds onto a punky teen while admonishing him. Pretend violence in the re-shot films.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Shots of kissing during scenes from various re-filmed movies. In one conversation about "how much action" the main characters get, Mr. Fletcher makes a somewhat crude joke.

  • language false0

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "damn," and "dammit."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Recognizable brands/names include West Coast Video and the many, many movies the guys re-shoot: Ghostbusters, RoboCop, Rush Hour 2, etc. Throughout the film, the life of jazz legend Fats Waller is an ongoing theme.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue