We were able to attend a screening to write this Ghostbusters: Afterlife parents guide. All opinions are my own.
We have been waiting for a long time for this movie. We all love the Ghostbusters movies and we were ready for another one that brought forward a new generation of “Ghostbusters”. Trevor (played by Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (played by Mckenna Grace) did an amazing job as the leading rolls in this movie. The friends Podcast (played by Logan Kim) and Lucky (played by Celeste O’Conner) added so much humor and depth to the movie. Add this all to the mom (played by Carrie Coon) and the teacher (played by Paul Rudd), and you have a great cast with great chemistry.
The storyline of the movie pulls you in right from the beginning. Mysterious and intense, the first few minutes of the movie sets the mood for the rest of the movie. Mysterious happenings, curious and smart kids, and help from the afterlife come together to bring us a great new modern Ghostbusters that I hope they keep making movies for! I also loved seeing Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson in this and would also love to see them in the next movie(s).
You will enjoy taglines, phrases, and characters from the original Ghostbusters movie. So if you haven’t seen it for a while (or yet) then watch it first. It will make a lot more sense!
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Parents Guide
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is rated PG-13 for supernatural action, language, and some suggestive references
It runs for 2 hours and 04 minutes
There are TWO Ghostbusters: Afterlife end credit scenes. Be sure to stay until the VERY end of the credits.
Sex & Nudity – A few references to sex. The word isn’t said but things like “bone” and “humpy”. While changing clothes, it shows a short scene of a girl in her bra as she pulls her top up. Cleavage of the mom in the dress at the end of the movie.
Violence & Gore – Some fight scenes with the ghosts. The “dogs” are pretty violent and creepy. A man is ripped in half. But for the most part, it is fairly clean.
Profanity – Several uses of OMG, and a few uses of Dammit, Shit, Hell, Ass(hole), and a mouthed F word. Also, the word fracking is used in place of the F word at one point.
Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking – Mom references drinking a few times, they are drinking on a date, and she has a wine glass on the table where she has fallen asleep.
Frightening & Intense Scenes – Anything to do with the ghosts is pretty intense and some of them are frightening. While they didn’t make it as creepy as they could have – it will probably frighten younger viewers. My 10-year-old was ok – but I would probably say no younger than that until you have previewed it. There are a few different characters that are possessed by ghosts – and there is one scene that is very creepy.
In two different scenes, there are horror movies playing in the background. But you can see the movie and hear the sounds which could be scary to younger kids. One is the movie Cujo and the other is Chucky. These pass quickly (maybe 30 seconds – 1 minute each).
Overall – I would say 10 and older for this movie. There are several intense/frightening scenes. And some language and suggestive references. It is really funny and has a great message about how important family is. We all loved it.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife Trailer
About Ghostbusters: Afterlife
From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe. In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The film is written by Jason Reitman & Gil Kenan.
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Gil Kenan & Jason Reitman Based on the 1984 film “Ghostbusters” An Ivan Reitman film written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
Produced by: Ivan Reitman
Executive Producers: Dan Aykroyd, Gil Kenan, Jason Blumenfeld, and Michael Beugg
Cast: Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, and Paul Rudd
Ghostbusters: Afterlife comes out in theaters November 19, 2021
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Ghostbusters: Afterlife parents guide
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