Taking Kids to See Ghostbusters

Preparing for Ticket Purchase

Before buying our tickets to Ghostbusters, my wife and I had to decide whether we should take J (5) to the theater or not. Ghostbusters is rated PG-13 for supernatural action and crude humor, so we had a lot of researching to do before buying J a ticket. J and I have sat down multiple times to watch the 1984 classic original Ghostbusters (rated PG) to determine if the ghosts in that type of story would scare him, and then we watched trailers for the reboot to see the differences in the ghosts. I’ve talked with J a lot about the difference between fantasy and reality, and that the ghosts we would see in Ghostbusters aren’t real, but are just part of the story. After a few conversations, it was determined that J would be able to handle Ghostbusters. Immediately after purchasing our tickets, J and I sat down to watch the 1984 Ghostbusters one more time before seeing the reboot.

Going to the Movie

On our way to the theater, J and I talked a lot about ghosts and Ghostbusters. J was singing the Ghostbusters theme song at the top of his lungs on the train. J would stop singing to tell me that he was excited to see a new Ghostbusters movie, and he would tell the other passengers on the train that they should “really go see the new Ghostbusters” because “it looks really good.” We met mommy at the theater and got some snacks and drinks before taking our seats toward the back of the theater. I chose those seats as a precaution, just incase it got too scary and I had to take him out of the theater.

Movie Time

J started the movie sitting in my wife’s lap. The beginning of the reboot seemed like a nod to the original. You had a haunting that led into the theme song. During the first “scary” scene, J gave a squeeze and leaned deeper into my wife’s lap, but once that theme music started, J had his dancing pants on and started grooving to the music. The rest of the movie was pretty tame on the ghost part. There were a couple suspenseful scenes where J had to squeeze my arm, but we never got scared enough that he screamed or wanted to be taken out of the movie. As far as the crude humor goes, those jokes will go over a young kid’s head. Personally I was surprised that the humor was part of the reason for the PG-13 rating. There were a couple jokes, but I feel like the original could be seen as more “crude” than the reboot.

After the Movie

After the movie, I asked J some questions about Ghostbusters. He absolutely loved the movie, and the fact that women were the Ghostbusters did phase him one bit. He liked the ghosts, but was most impressed with the new arsenal that were created for the Ghostbusters. J gave Ghostbusters 10 thumbs up, he said there were some ghosts next to him giving some thumbs up next to his.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, I thought Ghostbusters was amazing. In my opinion, the writing was great, and the cast was spot on. There were a few nods to the original with some great cameos from the original cast, yes even the late Harold Ramis in bust form. Chris Hemsworth was amazing as the “not to bright” receptionist, and Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy were great as a ghost hunting duo. But, the show stealers in my opinion have to be Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. I love these two in Saturday Night Live and they are easily my two favorite cast members. Leslie and Kate are a breath of fresh air and give the audience some amazing laugh lines.

Don’t let the online hate that Ghostbusters has been getting stop you from seeing this movie. Give it a chance and you will be pleasantly surprised. As you can see we loved the movie. Before taking kids younger than 7, I would suggest sitting down with them, watching the original, and then talking about ghosts with them. Just because it was okay for J (5) doesn’t mean it would be good for all 5 year olds. Remember all kids have different personalities and will react different to the movie.

Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. It’s directed by Paul Feig, and written by Paul Feig and Kate Dippold. Ghostbusters is rated PG-13 for supernatural action and crude humor and has a run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Play Pokémon GO With Family

Pokémon GO has been available for a few days now. People are getting out and accidentally exercising while doing something they’ve wanted to do for the past 20 years, feel like real life Pokémon trainers. With the release of this new interactive app, parents can take the opportunity to share something they loved from their childhood with their children.

Sometimes it’s hard to get up and just walk around the neighbor hood with your kids, especially if they are younger. Some kids lose focus, get tired (fast), and sometimes they just want their technology. Thanks to Pokémon GO, kids have a way to distract their kids on long walks.

In the past 3 days, J and I have walked 10 miles around the city. We have the app on “Battery Saver” mode, and I have an ear bud in so we can enjoy our walk together while still being notified when Pokémon are near. We set up lures when we are planning on being at our favorite coffee shop (Watchtower Cafe) for more than 30 minutes and hang out with friends while catching Pokémon.

Pokémon GO, for me, has brought back the feeling of community and comradery that the Pokémon trading card game had back in the day. While I understand that some people see Pokémon GO as a silly game meant for kids, but I see this as a way for people to come together. People are meeting up at parks, making friends, going out on Pokémon hunts and just having fun. In a time when there is so much sadness in the world, why wouldn’t you want your kids to see people coming together having fun and laughing together.

If you are not a fan of Pokémon, and you have young kids, I would highly recommend downloading the app and trying it out with your kids. It really is a way to get in some good walking time mixed in with some good old family fun. We have had a blast these last few days and we think that everyone who plays Pokémon GO will have an amazing time making new friendships and fun memories with your family.