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Light-hearted fantasy diversion,
This review is from: Beetlejuice (DVD)
A haunting movie in which everything is played for laughs.
There are no serious moments, deep introspections, revelations, life reviews, insights into life's purpose, etc. It is a non-stop gimmicks, special effects, sight gags, visual fluff suitable for the younger set.
The hero and heroine drown together in a car accident, discover they are dead and back in their dearly beloved house. They can't leave because there are monsters outside. Their peace in interrupted by the new owners who decide to redo the place in a ridiculous gaudy style. They notice an unexpected book "The Handbook for the recently deceased." on the nightstand which serves as their guide to their new situation. Through it they discover how to reach their "caseworker" and an obnoxious haunter named Beetlejuice
who might be able to help them remove the new occupants. Everything they try fails to work and in the end they accept the new owners. The owner's daughter becomes closer to them than her step-parents providing the child they always wanted and couldn't have. Other than the idea that they can not see themselves in a mirror and that the new owners cannot see them (except the daugthter), there is little we learn about the afterlife here. We see a couple brief scenes of the caseworker's office which can only be described as depressing. Worst movie I have seen in a long time.
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Initial post: Sep 23, 2006 8:17:10 AM PDT
Ryan Nelson says:
Reviewer gives a relatively decent synopsis of the movie, but does not explain why it is the "worst movie [she's] seen in a long time". If you're going to be critical, why not offer a critique instead of a general, unsupported opinion? At least then the reader would have a better understanding of your point of view.
Posted on Oct 23, 2007 11:53:09 AM PDT
Boy you really don't have a sense of humor do you?!
Posted on Apr 9, 2008 8:26:39 AM PDT
John Gray Hunter Jr. says:
"There is little we learn about the afterlife here"
Uh...just askin'....what the hell DO we know about "the afterlife"? We don't even know there IS one! What did you want from this [and this is an important word] COMEDY? Go to church if you want deep serious fantasies about "the afterlife". But get a sense of humor if you want to enjoy THIS life.
Posted on Nov 11, 2008 7:17:42 PM PST
Christopher L. Kingery says:
Wow, you do know this is a comedy, right? How exactly did you go into this expecting some deep revelations regarding the here-after?
Posted on Jun 13, 2009 12:11:53 AM PDT
Shaun E. Phillips says:
I thought this movie was a comedy, am I wrong? were all the funny parts actually trying to be serious? Was I suppose to cry when I saw those poor ghosts wearing sheets trying to get the living just to listen. Or is this reviewer not very smart and some how understood that this movie was suppose to give some deep meaning of the afterlife?... Hell, this movie could be the afterlife for all we know, but I do find it funny when ppl think theyre going to get insight, who the hells knows what the afterlife is like. I think "God" forgot to give you a funny bone....
Posted on Oct 27, 2009 12:11:16 AM PDT
C. Vance says:
Thank you for the high school book review version of an evaluation. Now was it a good transfer? How's the technical quality. Your review is useless for anyone who's familiar to the movie and wants to own it.
Posted on Dec 15, 2014 7:10:47 PM PST
it's a comedy...from 1988...of course there are no serious moments!!!!!!
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