Run time: 126 mins
Is making a gooey still erotic three decades on? This weepie classic retains an innocence and earnestness that makes it as delightful as ever.
Investment banker Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and artist Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) are an idyllical couple moving into their new New York apartment. Their bond is suddenly torn apart when Sam is shot and killed by a mugger. With his soul separated from his body, he’s left to fend for his ghostly self and try to reconnect with Molly from the afterlife.
The film has a number of elements that make it virtually irresistible: namely the deft comic touch of Airplane! director Jerry Zucker, who expertly avoids sentimentality; Whoopi Goldberg’s legendary Oscar performance as medium Oda Mae Brown, and Demi’s ability to cry in a sexier fashion than anyone in recent cinematic history? But Ghost is also fundamentally a human tale that touches the hardest heart. And so with chocolates, tissues and ideally, the one you love all within (socially distant) grabbing distance, Ghost is the film to round off a perfect evening of ‘new freedom’ slush. (research Jack Whiting) An irresistible family film? Forget the lovers angle, just bring the chocolates, hankies and the kids…