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Overall B

Dr. Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is an arrogant jerk who prefers no company but his own. That is why the dentist is so angry when, after surviving a near-death experience, he can suddenly see ghosts. Hoping a good deed will exorcise these apparitions, he agrees to help Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), a spirit trying to break off his widow's (Tea Leoni) impending marriage. However, the favor may kill him first.

Violence B-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D
Substance Use C+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references.

Why is Ghost Town rated PG-13?

Official MPAA Rating: Ghost Town is rated PG-13 for for some strong language, sexual humor and drug references.

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The use of two strong sexual expletives and a host of other profanities, sexual innuendos and crude nicknames are an unfortunate distraction from this lively story about ghosts. Bertram’s insular and narrow-minded view of other ethnic, cultural and religious practices are also played for humor. Along with the theme of an adulterous spouse, sexual content involves brief jokes about hookers, porn films and the sex trade. A prolonged discussion of a mummified male sexual organ and the depiction of a naked ghost (without explicit nudity) are also included. Violent meetings between a bus and a pedestrian take place on screen—although shocking no blood or gore is shown. Conversations about death and medical procedures frequent the film. Social drinking is portrayed, as is a brief scene of health care workers smoking. Following a difficult break-up, a man begs another doctor for prescription drugs to deal with his feelings.