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Beetlejuice (1988)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  30 March 1988 (USA)
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A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

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Adam and Barbara are a normal couple...who happen to be dead. They have given their precious time to decorate the house and make it their own, but unfortunately a family is moving in, and not quietly. Adam and Barbara try to scare them out, but ends up becoming the main attraction to the money making family. They call upon Beetlejuice to help, but Beetlejuice has more in mind than just helping. Written by simon

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The film's portrayal of life after death, where the human consciousness lives on independent of the body and needs/pain, without any ties to an exact deity (as Barbara points out asking if they are halfway to heaven or hell and Adam saying their handbook doesn't say anything about either) is very similar to a modern accepted scientific idea of life after death. At the time of the films release, most scientific and atheistic communities discounted the idea of life after death and even near death experiences as hallucinations caused by loss of consciousness and lack of oxygen. years later research into NDEs has supported the possibility of consciousness surviving death, with previous skepticism being discredited or contradicted due to advances in medical science, allowing survival from death for up too an hour, in most cases the survivors give a near direct (though obviously less comedic or theatrical) recreation of the afterlife portrayed this film. See more »

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Unique Characters & Story, To Say The Least
24 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie always was: 1 - very popular; 2 - very different; 3 - very entertaining; 4 - a very fast-moving hour-and-a-half of a film.

Several characters in here - mainly Michael Keaton's unique and sometimes- revolting title character "Beetlejuice"- are always fascinating to watch. With him - and the whole movie - you also get a lot of humor and scary special-effects..

It was odd to see Alec Baldwin in such a low-key role. In the '90s, he played very few of these type of guys. Davis looks and acts like...well, Davis, who has almost always played nice, cute people that viewers like. It took me four viewings before I finally appreciated Catharine O'Hara's comedic talents in this movie. Now, she's my favorite and someone I find absolutely hilarious as the messed-up wife/mother of a family who moves into a "haunted house" inhabited by Baldwin and Davis.

Keaton made himself a name as an actor with this whacked-out Robin Williams-type role, although he never really followed up with anything that was as popular as this film. Winona Rider is cute as the teenage daughter and we get other fun supporting roles from diverse people as talk show host Dick Cavett, singer Robert Goulet and actor Jeffrey Jones. All of them are good.

Tim Burton directed the film and so I wasn't surprised there were the typical occult themes with ghosts and the like, and no heaven or hell but some other strange existence being touted where dead people go....a ridiculous picture of the afterlife. However, I just chalk it up to someone just trying to make a fun, entertaining picture and on that, it succeeds.

Overall, a unique and entertaining film. It's different, to say the least!


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