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A startlingly misconceived effort from director Sidney Poitier and star Bill Cosby, Ghost Dad is a listless, glacially-paced comedy that's alternately schmaltzy and incomprehensible. Read critic reviews

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Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is a widowed single dad who is utterly fixated on his family's financial well-being. He spends all his time working to secure a crucial business deal that would put his accounts in the black. However, this leaves his three children pining for his attention. After a fatal car accident, Hopper -- now a ghost -- must clinch the deal from the afterlife to secure his children's futures. Along the way, he discovers all the bonding he'd been missing when he was alive.

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  • Jun 04, 2014
    I may be a sucker for a bad film, but this is not even categorized as a fun bad movie, it just plain sucks. Sure, some of the unintentional humour was hilarious, unless it was meant to be funny, but it definitely looked like they were trying. For it's time, the effects were not bad, but the plot and events throughout the film are just so random and dumb. They honestly make up new rules for the plot as it goes along. I felt like I was going to enjoy it more than I did in the first 20 minutes, but then every rule changes rapidly throughout each scene and just left me frustrated. When half of your movie does not make any sense, that means the film makers have failed. That is exactly what "Ghost Dad" is. Not even the performances could save it, because they are so goofy. Wow did this movie ever suck.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    Probably Bill Cosby's best movie since the 70s, and that's not saying much. Anyway, it's a good family film, I saw it when I was a kid. It's good.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Dec 11, 2009
    Great Comedy but easily forgetable. There was something lacking in Billy Cosby`s perfomance and cannt figure out what.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2009
    Funny stuff but it might be a little out dated. I remember liking it as a kid and thinking it was good times.
    Jason S Super Reviewer

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