byS. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense MediaJul 15, 2016
Parents need to know that "Ghostbusters" is a reboot of the classic 1984 supernatural action-comedy. This time around, it stars four talented female comedians — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — as the central quartet who must team up to use their knowledge of science and the paranormal to save the city when New York again faces a supernatural invasion. While the film has some pretty scary spirit baddies and intense ghostly battles — as well as gross-out slime scenes — it's so over the top that it's likely to be more engrossing than chilling for most tweens and up. Language is infrequent but includes "s--t" and "damn," and one character ogles a character she finds attractive and makes some comments about his hotness (but things never get too racy, and there's less romance/relationship content in this one than in the original). There are also some fart jokes/a hit to the groin, and adults drink beer to relax. It's a lot like the original (watch for cameos from some of the original stars!), but also different in many ways, especially with its underlying theme of female empowerment.