Ghost Dad (1990)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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When widowed businessman Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) goes hurtling off of a bridge in a taxi cab, he comes back as a ghost in order to see to it that his children will be provided for. Elliot and his kids struggle to outwit his business partners, fool his neighbors, and find a way to bring him back to life before his time runs out.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Cast

Ian Bannen
as Sir Edith Moser
Bill Cosby
as Elliot Hopper
Barry Corbin
as Mr. Collins
Dana Ashbrook
as Tony Ricker
Patrika Darbo
as Nurse #2
Arnold Stang
as Mr. Cohen
Salim Grant
as Danny Hopper
Kimberly Russell
as Diane Hopper
Omar Gooding
as Stuart
Robert Covarrubias
as Man in Waiting Room
Amy Hill
as Nurse #1
Dakin Matthews
as Mr. Seymour
Robin Pearson Rose
as Hospital Administrator
Mary Munday
as Executive #1
Douglas Allen Johnson
as Lab Technician
Brian Mitchell
as Teacher
Kevin Lee
as Student #2
Trenton Teigen
as Student #5
Ted Hayden
as Executive #3
Adam Jeffries
as Buddy #2
Eric Menyuk
as Clinic Doctor
James McIntire
as Sheriff
Cedric Scott
as Announcer
Norman Merrill
as Executive #2
Brooke Fontaine
as Amanda Hopper
Jeanne Mori
as ICU Nurse #2
Cindi Gossett
as ER Doctor
Nathaniel Merrill
as Executive #2
Frank Biro
as Executive #5
Bryant Edwards
as Student #4
Kenny Ford Jr.
as Buddy #1
Raymond E. Foti
as Executive #4
George Ganz
as Mr. Nero
Austin Garrett
as Buddy #3
Meredith Gordon
as Woman in Taxi
Joseph Hajduk
as Student #1
Becky Katzen
as Student #3
Jizelle Morris
as Screaming Girl
Pamela Poitier
as Nurse Satler
Becky Sweet
as Classmate
Rita Vassallo
as ICU Nurse #1
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Critic Reviews for Ghost Dad

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (9)

I suppose you can't blame the star of one of TV's most popular series for attempting to conquer the movies -- yet again. What's perplexing is that Cosby keeps choosing vehicles that seem designed to sabotage the conquest.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Ghost Dad may be the dumbest major-studio movie of this none-too-bright summer.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Seattle Times
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The comedy represents a step up from the inane debacle of Leonard Part 6, but one has to concede that no other direction was possible.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
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Poitier's rhythms are so sluggish that the film's finale seems to have been optically speeded up in a last-ditch attempt to give the picture some dash and energy.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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Unctuous, flat and phony, a farce that has the pace of a Broadway bus at rush hour.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Ghost Dad

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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

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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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Great Comedy but easily forgetable. There was something lacking in Billy Cosby`s perfomance and cannt figure out what.

Wahida K
Wahida K

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