Ghost Dad
Ghost Dad (1990)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 29, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 6% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality.

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Kathey Clarey
Fresno Bee

[The screenplay] veers all over the place from slapstick comedy to serious discussions to downright ickiness.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Richard Freedman
Newhouse News Service

Even under the direction of so distinguished and experienced a movie man as Sidney Poitier, Ghost Dad simply doesn't shape up as a really professional entertainment.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Unctuous, flat and phony, a farce that has the pace of a Broadway bus at rush hour.

Dennis King
Tulsa World

As America's foremost TV dad, Heathcliffe Huxtable on The Cosby Show, Cosby is warm, wise and lovable. As Elliott Hopper, the overworked, unattentive dad in Ghost Dad, Cosby is, on the large screen, a mere shadow of his television presence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
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… More
Jason Spencer
Funny stuff but it might be a little out dated. I remember liking it as a kid and thinking it was good times.
Aj V
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.… More
Tim Salmons
The last Bill Cosby anything that has any meaning, this movie IS comedic but it doesn't contain any value.
Wahida K
Great Comedy but easily forgetable. There was something lacking in Billy Cosby`s perfomance and cannt figure out what.
Curtis Lilly