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A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.



Total Count: 36
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Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little girl (Christina Ricci). The eternally irritable Ms. Carrigan (Cathy Moriarty) discovers that the only thing she's been left in her recently departed father's will is a rickety old house in New England. Naturally, the woman is furious about this, until her "close personal friend" and assistant, Dibbs (Eric Idle of Monty Python fame), discovers a secret message that a treasure may be concealed somewhere in the house. The two take off for Maine, only to learn that the house is haunted by Casper "the friendly ghost" and his three ghostly uncles Stinky, Stretch, and Fatso. After futilely recruiting an exorcist (Don Novello, more or less reviving his Father Guido Sarducci character from Saturday Night Live) and a "professional ghost exterminator" (Dan Aykroyd), she brings in a "ghost psychiatrist" (Bill Pullman) and his daughter Kat (Ricci). Innocently attracted to the young girl, Casper befriends Kat as they try to save the ghosts' home from the evil Carrigan. Eye-popping special effects highlight this magical story that touches (albeit lightly) on the theme of what lies at the heart of human desires. Clint Eastwood, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Gibson and The Crypt Keeper (of Tales from the Crypt) all make cameos as apparitions in the mirror Bill Pullman looks into in the house. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Bill Pullman
as Dr. Harvey
Joe Nipote
as Stretch
Joe Alaskey
as Stinkie
Don Novello
as Father Guido Sarducci
Rodney Dangerfield
as Himself (uncredited)
Ernestine Mercer
as Woman Being Interviewed
John Kassir
as Crypt Keeper
Wesley Thompson
as Mr Curtis
Mike Simmrin
as Phantom
Amy Brenneman
as Amelia Harvey
Devon Sawa
as Casper in Person
Dan Aykroyd
as Doctor Raymond Stantz (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood
as Himself (uncredited)
Mel Gibson
as Himself (uncredited)
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