Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice producer David Geffen, director Tim Burton, and composer Danny Elfman were also involved in an animated TV-series spin-off. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice means something good: that imaginative artists can bring a fading genre back from the dead.
Luckily, Keaton pops up from his grave to liven things up when the antics pitting the good ghosts against the intruders become a trite cat & mouse game.
[The] actors, not surprisingly, are limited by the stupidity of their material.
With its sophisticated yet accessible blend of comedy and the macabre, I knew Beetlejuice was likely to be one of those films I would never tire of. But a classic? It's been 20 years. I'm willing to throw that blue ribbon on it.
Quite possibly the most bizarre and flat-out surreal effort of Tim Burton's career...
Tim Burton's imagination jumped into the saddle and held onto the bridle with Beetlejuice.
...weird and unorthadox and innovative and clever, but the main thing is that it's funny.
The character of Beetlejuice is hazy because the writers can never decide if he's a villain or an anti-hero...
One of [Burton's] flat-out funniest films, with Michael Keaton giving a performance for the ages.
Darkly humorous and visually inventive, Burton's second film, which deservedly won the Makeup Oscar, fulfilled the promise he showed in his debut, launching a brilliant career with Batman and other original movies, many of which starring Johnny Depp.
Very clever black comedy full of great characters and situations.
funny and completely twisted
The Movie with it all!
Leave it to Tim Burton, with his affinity for the misunderstood monster, to be as sweet as he is funny, and not terribly scary, though that's part of his point...
Brilliant dark comedy
Audience Reviews for Beetlejuice
Michael Keaton is a raucous and hilarious precursor to Johnny Depp's drunken gay pirate. However, the story of ghosts trying to exorcise the living is top-heavy, taking too long to start, and the zany parts, while visually stylistic, don't really push the narrative along - the dinner dance, Beetlejuice marrying Lydia.More
Beetlejuice was met with mixed response upon release and is now rightfully a classic to the horror comedy genre. And of course, Tim Burton's overlooked talent at the time was like the unrecognisable talent of Led Zeppelin in the sixties and seventies, the world wasn't ready for them yet, the world wasn't ready for Tim Burton back at the time to bring weirdness to a whole new level in cinema.More
Day-o. You say day, you say day, you say dayyy-oooo. This movie is very comical. Winona Ryder's Lydia Deetz, is so odd and interesting which equally balances out between Baldwin & Davis's Adam and Barbara, a couple who are normal and have never been able to have a baby. Michael Keaton kills it as Beetlejuice and is extremely psychotic and that makes us love him even more.More
Michael Keaton never gets enough respect for the movies he has made, same can be said for Alec Baldwin and Wynona Ryder but this movie is an integral part of my childhood and will always place those actors at the top of my lists.More
- Delia Deetz:
- If you don't let me gut out this house and make it my own, I will go insane, and I will take you with me!
- Charles Deetz:
- Yeah, well you know, maybe the house could use a little remodeling. Uh... But, why don't you just leave this room alone, okay?
- Delia Deetz:
- Barbara Maitland:
- I'm gonna get her.
- Barbara Maitland:
- We're very unhappy.
- What did you expect, you're dead.
- Let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose.
- You've read my mind! So few clients are up for the experience!
- ...And if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have had my little accident!
- It's showtime!
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