Ghost Dad (1990)



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.

Movie Info

Bill Cosby mugs so uncontrollably that it looks as if he may be the victim of a muscular disorder in the inane and unfunny Ghost Dad. Cosby plays Elliot, a workaholic widower with three children -- Danny (Salim Grant), Amanda (Brooke Fontainbe), and the teenage Diane (Kimberly Russell). Elliot is hoping to close a big deal that will mean a promotion, more money, and lots of perks, but a cab ride with a freaked-out cab driver causes his untimely demise. Elliot discovers that he is now a ghost and … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Chris Reese, Brent Maddock, S.S. Wilson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


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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
Top Critic

Ghost Dad may be the dumbest major-studio movie of this none-too-bright summer.

Full Review… | May 21, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

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

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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