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Bill Cosby mugs so uncontrollably that it looks as if he may be the victim of a muscular disorder in the inane and unfunny Ghost Dad. Cosby plays Elliot, a workaholic widower with three children -- Danny (Salim Grant), Amanda (Brooke Fontainbe), and the teenage Diane (Kimberly Russell). Elliot is hoping to close a big deal that will mean a promotion, more money, and lots of perks, but a cab ride with a freaked-out cab driver causes his untimely demise. Elliot discovers that he is now a ghost and has to learn to spend more time with his kids rather than worry about money and career. Otherwise,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I suppose you can't blame the star of one of TV's most popular series for attempting to conquer the movies -- yet again. What's perplexing is that Cosby keeps choosing vehicles that seem designed to sabotage the conquest."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"When a picture's biggest selling point is that it's risque by kiddie standards, that doesn't say much for its overall quality."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Bill Cosby ghost movie has some iffy humor, profanity."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Solve this show business mystery: How is it that the greatly gifted Bill Cosby, a comedy guru with few peers, makes bad movies? The latest entry on his depressing film resume is Ghost Dad."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Bill Cosby Sidney Poitier = Crap"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Ghost Dad may be the dumbest major-studio movie of this none-too-bright summer."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Poitier's rhythms are so sluggish that the film's finale seems to have been optically speeded up in a last-ditch attempt to give the picture some dash and energy."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Why are Cosby and Poitier wasting their time -- and ours -- with this twaddle?"
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Just depressing and incompetently assembled, reaching for a madcap mood of paranormal activity that results in one long headache. I now see why Poitier never directed again and Cosby refused another leading role in a feature film."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Should have been titled "Cosby's Ghost Film Career". And to think Poitier directed this thing. It's a TV comedy skit gone wrong."
‑ KJB, IGN Movies
"The comedy represents a step up from the inane debacle of Leonard Part 6, but one has to concede that no other direction was possible."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Unctuous, flat and phony, a farce that has the pace of a Broadway bus at rush hour."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Ghost Dad is so bad, it's scary."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"On the big screen Cosby's heartfelt decency continues to come across as blandness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"dismal... There's more preachiness here than in a hundred 'ABC Afterschool Specials,' and the special effects wouldn't pass muster on a local kiddie show."
‑ James Sanford, James Sanford on Film
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