What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there isn't much to shock tweens and up in this mock-horror film. There are numerous ghosts running rampant through NYC, but it's played for comedy over scares (like when the Titanic disembarks). Still, ghosts are the "bad guys" and get eliminated with laser guns by a crew of wisecracking guys. At one point a baby is kidnapped by a ghost and a sinister spirit tries to inhabit his body. The baby is rescued, of course, but there is another real person, hilariously portrayed by Peter MacNicol, who wants to steal the baby in order to woo its mother.
- Families can talk about the idea of ghosts and what people believe and don't believe about them. Are they real? Are they imagined?
- You can also discuss the "mood slime"the Ghostbusters discover and if there's a metaphor in there for reallife: negative energy begets more negativity, and a positive outlookbegets more positive outcomes. When have you found this to be true?