Sunday, December 28, 2008

Movie - Beetle Juice (1988)

A quiet vacation at home is all Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) Maitand wanted. In need of something from town, they travel across the Winter River Bridge, on the way back they have some trouble. First they have to figure out how they had gotten back to their house, second they wanted to know if they had survived the crash. Finding out that they were deceased was bad, but the Deetz family moving in was worse. The only bright spot of the entire situation seemed to be the outcast of a daughter, Lydia (Winona Ryder) who Barbara and Adam take a instant liking to after they find out that she seems to be the only one who can see them. She also seems to understand the 'stereo instructions' of a book that had all the answers. Not being able to handle the Deetz's on their own, Barbara and Adam call BeetleJuice (Michael Keaton) for help. Not knowing the extent of what they have done and how much harm could come from it, they try again to scare the Deetz family. Can they stop BeetleJuice in time and can they save Lydia?

This is a fun movie, had to drag it out for the kids this year. It is only rated PG, but I had forgotten that BeetleJuice has one awful line (with the 'F' word) and a few other curse words scattered through out. Fun and entertaing even after 20 years. Once we got past the language, the kids loved the parlor tricks of the ghosts, singing and dancing to the Calipso and even though the rail turning into a snake scarred my youngest, she liked they way Lydia was rewarded for an 'A' in math. This is another of Tim Burtons success stories. It even won an Oscar for Best Makeup in 1989.

Nov 1, 2008

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