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Parents Guide for
Ghostbusters (1984) More at IMDbPro »Ghost Busters (original title)

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Sex & Nudity

Suggested MPAA rating: PG for some language, disturbing images and for a scene of suggestive content

Dana tries to seduce Venkman but he refuses. She rolls him over on top of her and says "I want you inside me". Stantz has a brief dream sequence where a ghost hovers over him while he's in bed. The camera pans down to show his belt unbuckling itself, then his zipper unzipping and his pants opening up, before panning up to his face as he makes an loss-of-control expression with crossed eyes. (Implying fellatio, but nothing is seen except his facial reaction stated above). Venkman asks a middle-aged woman if she is menstruating. Early on in the film, Venkman shows Dana a device he uses to find ghosts which makes a squeaking sound. He holds it relatively near his crotch (some may interpret this as a masturbation joke). Venkman says that a man has no dick. During the scene where Dana Barrett is kidnapped by Zuul, we can see quite a bit of her breast cleavage.

Violence & Gore

A ghost which looks like an old woman, transforms into a grotesque and frightening appearance in two scenes. One is not shown, but a woman who encounters it screams in fear. Dana opens her refrigerator and sees a hallucination of a rooftop building with a vicious dog, which roars loudly and frightens her. A hungry ghost eating food on a cart is shot at by Ray with his taser-gun, where it fearfully runs away, accidentally grabbing the cart and disappearing through a wall where it crashes and objects splatter everywhere. A slimy-poltergeist ghost flying towards Venkman slimes him (offscreen), done for comical effect though.

The main characters cause multiple damage to property and create explosions in the process ,while they're capturing a ghost. The Ghostbusters use their proton guns to reel a ghost into their trap by tazing it. Non-graphic. Dana is attacked by demonic creatures in her apartment, where one visibly grabs her mouth and a spirit drags her violently into her kitchen, while she screams helplessly and is consumed by it (off-screen). Could be disturbing for some. Ghosts (which were released from the Ghostbusters vault) terrorize New York City by damaging objects and creating panic across the area. Visibly, several are shown that will frighten young viewers, especially one which looks like a rotted and bloodied skeleton.

A large marshmallow giant wrecks havoc through a city, causing panic and distress for many people. No one is visibly crushed or killed. The Ghostbusters use their proton packs to taze the giant which only causes it to burst in flames. We see its pained expression. The team then "cross" their proton chargers and shoot at a small structure on a building rooftop which causes a massive explosion that blows off the top of the skyscraper and destroys the marshmallow giant in the process.


4 Shits, 1 Goddamn, 4 Asses, 1 Asshole, 1 Bitch, 2 Pisses, and 2 Hells 6 scatological terms, 1 religious profanity, 5 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, one stereotypical reference to women. 15 uses of profanity.

Some characters can be seen casually smoking and drinking throughout the film.

Ghosts and monsters appear in some scenes, which young viewers may find frightening. Especially the one in the library at the beginning of the film.

Some monsters look particularly vicious and menacing, with one which growls like a dog.

Some monsters however, while menacing, appear to be quite cartoon-like, including a monster with a love of food, and later in the film, one assuming the form of a giant marshmallow man.

In one scene, the main characters fall into a fissure.

Two characters transform into vicious dog-like demons.

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