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Ghost (SE)
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Mar 13, 2007 By: Jason Adams
Ghost (SE) order
Director:
Jerry Zucker

Actors:
Patrick Swayze
Demi Moore
Whoopi Goldberg

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Even death cannot stop Patrick Swayze from loving you.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If I was cognizant of film back in the late 1980’s (i.e. older than six), I probably would’ve been pretty pissed off that Patrick Swayze went from ROAD HOUSE to GHOST. Not that GHOST is a bad movie…but dude; how do you go from asskicking bar fighter to sensitive, doe-eyed spirit. I know you want to show your range as an actor, but…dude, c’mon. Dalton. Dude.

You won’t find a super deep film in GHOST. It’ll tug your heartstrings based on its premise alone, milking it for every second it can. It’s a straightforward story with very surface level characterizations and emotions, but that doesn’t stop it from being an entertaining two hours. I gave Swayze some flack for choosing this movie, but he does just fine as nice-guy ghost Sam Wheat. When Sam learns how to move objects with his mind (a lesson taught by the greatly missed Vincent Schiavelli), it finally frees Swayze to have some fun in the role, making the latter half much more satisfying. Director Jerry Zucker of AIRPLANE and NAKED GUN fame should also be commended for tackling a completely different genre and handling the shift surprisingly well. There’s plenty of iconic moments here and none of them involve Leslie Nielsen farting.

What you will get out of GHOST (if you’re a guy) is surefire action from your significant other. Let me explain how this will play out. At the end of the film when Demi Moore says, “Ditto”, the following will occur:

1. Uncontrollable bawling.
2. Your comforting hand on her shoulder.
3. The sex.
THE EXTRAS
Uh, a 17th anniversary? Not sure, why we’re getting this Special Collector’s Edition now. The previous DVD version had a Making Of documentary as well as the same commentary, so all that’s new here is a couple minor featurettes. But, golly, will you look at that porn-eriffic cover art?

Commentary by director Jerry Zucker and writer Bruce Joel Rubin: If you’re hoping for Zucker to be in funny mode from his previous comedy days, you will be quite disappointed. Mildly informative, but not very exciting.

Ghost Stories: The Making of a Classic (13:06): “Over my dead body.” That’s what Jerry Zucker said when he heard ROAD HOUSE’s Patrick Swayze wanted the starring role.

Inside the Paranormal (8:35): A bunch of psychics (human and pet) talk about how realistic GHOST is when it comes to its portrayal of the paranormal. Riiiiight…

Alchemy of a Love Scene (6:18): A deeper look at the shooting of that scene. Interesting note: the original script had Demi Moore as a wood sculptor, with her and Swayze getting hot and heavy while chipping wood with a hammer and chisel. Splinters…sexy.

Cinema’s Great Romances (19:39): Some ladies from the AFI gush about their favorite cinematic love stories. Of course GHOST is on there. But WITNESS? Really? The Amish?

Also, a Theatrical Trailer, Photo Gallery and Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I wouldn’t call GHOST a chick flick per se (at least in the derogatory sense). Even though the romance is the clay-spinning core of the movie, it still has enough to entertain your typical mail viewer. Still though, if you currently have a vagina, you might want to add another star to the movie’s score. (Then you can take it away for the Demi Moore-Whoopi Goldberg pseudo lesbian scene.) Regardless, this new Special Edition is pretty lame, so if you’re thinking about double-dipping, save your money.

Extra Tidbit: Stephen “Milton” Root plays the Sergeant in the police station. There is a stapler on his desk.
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