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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.

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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.

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

All Critics (31) | 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.

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

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.

May 21, 2013 | Rating: 1/4

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

May 20, 2003

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
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

Super Reviewer

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