When workaholic widower Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is killed in a tragic accident, his three children -- Danny (Salim Grant), Amanda (Brooke Fontaine) and Diane (Kimberly Russell) -- are left parentless. Now, Elliot has three days to return from the dead and get his family's finances and priorities in order. Will he be a better father in the afterlife? Sidney Poitier directs this family film that earned three Young Artist nominations.
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- Sidney Poitier
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Ghost Dad is a 1990 comedy starring Bill Cosby as a father who, after becoming a ghost after a ludicrous car accident, must learn to put his family ahead of his career. There are some moments of inappropriate behavior -- for instance, after emerging from the car accident seemingly unharmed, a police officer approaches Cosby and urinates on him, because he has now become an invisible ghost. The cab driver who leads Cosby's character to his apparent death behaves like a psychopath, swerving his cab through a series of near-accidents while screaming "Do you worship Satan?" Aside from this, there is occasional profanity ("s--t," "bitch), and a scene where a man and woman hint at having sex while in a bedroom.
- Sexual Content
- A man and a woman are in a bedroom, making references to "afternoon delight" and "performance anxiety."
- A man is presumed dead after the cab he is riding in rolls off a bridge after the cabbie drives recklessly throughout the city. A teen girl falls down the stairs after slipping on a pair of roller skates and ends up in a coma in the ER.
- "Jesus Christ." "Eat s--t." "Crappy." A teen boy calls the house of a teen girl, and when the girl's father answers, he asks him to "put the bitch on the phone." The father, in ghost form, goes through the phone wires and screams the expression at the boy several times.
- Social Behavior
- Through talk and example, the main character learns the importance of putting family over career.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A ghost pours himself a drink of scotch. He tries to drink it, but it literally goes through him and falls to the floor.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it