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Still shot from the movie: Ghost Busters.

Ghost Busters

After having their grant money cut off and being kicked out of the university where they have been doing research, Drs. Venkman (Bill Murray), Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) and Spengler (Harold Ramis) decide to use their expertise in parapsychology to start a private company to rid residents of unwanted supernatural pests. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 105
Theater Release: 08 Jun 1984
Video Release: 05 Feb 2002
MPAA Rating: PG
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Why Is Ghost Busters Rated PG?


It may be a comedy, but there are many scenes in this film likely to frighten young children. Depictions of supernatural beings include a green blob with a big mouth, a couple of skeletons with partial skin coverings and large cat-like creatures. We also see portrayals of humans who are possessed by spirits. These poltergeists are attacked and captured with the use of guns that emit an energy beam. Ghosts attack humans as well, but the only "injury" they inflict is covering the people in a slimy substance. Sexual situations consist of a man who is seduced by a possessed woman (she makes an explicit sexual remark to him), another couple shown embracing (sexual relations are implied) and a man whose pants appear to be removed by a female ghost. (No nudity is seen in any of these situations.) A crude term for sex, anatomical slang, scatological terms, other mild profanities and terms of deity are heard. Principal and secondary characters are frequently seen smoking cigarettes. Alcohol use is infrequent, but two characters do drink to relieve stress.

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