GHOST

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Release Date: July 13, 1990

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore &
Whoopi Goldberg

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience:

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: Approximately 90 minutes

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Director: Jerry Zucker

Executive Producer:

Producer: Lisa Weinstein

Writer: Bruce Joel Rubin

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Content:

Contact with spirit world; profanities and obscenities; promiscuity; murder; and, revenge

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Review:

This is not a horror film, as the title suggests, but a romantic comedy. Sam Wheat, a New York banker, and his girlfriend, Molly Jensen, are renovating the flat they have just moved into together. When Sam is murdered, however, his spirit lingers on Earth trying to make sense of his meaningless death. Stranded as a ghost in New York City, Sam is determined to communicate with Molly, the woman he loves.

While mastering the skills of the spirit world, Sam calls on Oda Mae Brown, a spiritual medium. The charlatan psychic is astonished to discover her powers are authentic and actually work. However, when Sam comes to Oda Mae with a story of laundered drug money and murder, no one believes her because of her police record as a con artist.

Sam and Oda Mae work together to get the goods on Carl, Sam's fellow banker and drug money launderer who murdered him. When Oda Mae closes Carl's bank account, the vengeful Carl plans to kill Molly. With Molly's life in danger, Sam's need to reach her becomes urgent. Oda Mae subsequently becomes a reluctant liaison for the two lovers.

With good acting, the film is a well-made one that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. However, its tiresome premise of after-death deeds and tasks performed before progressing on has been featured many times before (TOPPER, HEAVEN CAN WAIT and ALWAYS to name a few). Christians therefore must be all the more diligent in explaining to others that this belief is not found in the Bible and that these things do not happen in reality.

This preoccupation with the occult has become the latest fad in Hollywood, but is abhorrent to most moral Americans who adhere to biblical values and have matured beyond the infantile infatuation with a nominalistic worldview into a real ontology. For moral Americans, the warning in Deuteronomy 18:11 that the medium or spiritist who consults the dead is detestable to the Lord makes sense in the light of the historical failure of occultic based religions and civilizations.

GHOST even goes one abhorrent step further with Sam learning from "shadow monsters" that he has to focus his power, by possessing Oda Mae's body so he can talk to Molly and convince her that his spirit is really there with her. Add to this the film's profanities, obscenities and promiscuity, and you'll be well-warned to stay away from GHOST.

RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please address your comments to:

Mr. Martin S. Davis

Chairman,

Paramount

1 Gulf & Western Plaza

New York, NY. 10023

(212) 333-4600

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