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Ghost Dad

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Ghost Dad

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
83 minutes
performer:
Bill Cosby, Kimberly Russell, Sidney Poitier, Ian Bannen, Barry Corbin, Christine Ebersole
director:
Sidney Poitier
distributor:
MCA/Universal Home Video
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy

We gave it a D-

Bill Cosby has a few inspired moments in this weirdly airless sitcom farce about a workaholic single dad who plunges off a bridge, gets ghostified, and ends up with a second chance at fatherhood. The Cos mugs with such ecstatic, loony abandon that it’s as though his features were defying gravity. (If only the special effects were half as impressive.) Unfortunately, director Sidney Poitier seems to be reaching as low as he can — he serves up 20-year-old blithe-spirit gags in an atmosphere of frantic slapstick. Most of Ghost Dad is a dim-witted embarrassment.

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