In the summer of 1990 a movie hit theatre’s written by Bruce Joel Rubin and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The name of the film is ghost and stars Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, and Tony Goldwyn.
Sam Wheat, a banker played by Patrick Swayze, and his significant other Molly Jensen, a potter played by Demi Moore, move into an apartment they renovated together with the help of their friend (and co-worker of Sam) Carl Bruner, played by Tony Goldwyn. One night when Sam and Molly are returning home from a date they are mugged by Willie Lopez, played by Rick Aviles, and a gun goes off.
After the gun goes off Willie takes off running and Sam chases him to no avail. When he returns to Molly he sees her crying, cradling his lifeless body, because when the gun went off it killed Sam. A white light shows up but instead of walking into it Sam moves towards Molly and it vanishes.
When Sam cannot figure out how to communicate with Molly he finds Oda Mae Brown, a psychic played by Whoopi Goldberg, to talk to Molly for him. He convinces Oda Mae to help him by keeping her awake one night singing “I’m Henery the Eighth, I am.”
When Oda Mae gets to Molly’s apartment Molly does not believe her. But Sam gives her the address of Willie nonetheless, through Oda Mae. After Oda Mae leaves Carl comes over and Molly tells him about what happened. Carl tells her that Oda Mae is a fraud and was probably just looking to con money out of her, but he would check out the address of Willie anyway.
So Carl headed to Willie’s and Sam followed him. When they arrived at Willie’s something happened Sam did not expect, Carl scolded him for being found out by Oda Mae and wanted to know how she found out.
This made Sam irate and sought out an angry ghost he met on the subway who could move physical objects. The ghost showed Sam how to move things.
As the movie progresses Carl tries to get Molly to fall for him while Sam again enlists Oda Mae’s help to get Molly to listen to him. When she finally does Sam “jumps” into Oda Mae’s body to dance with Molly, as this happens Carl (who knows Sam is a ghost and communicating with Oda Mae) arrives and chases after Oda Mae and Molly as they run from him.
What happens next? Does Carl catch the women and do horrible things to them? Does Sam get his revenge on his one time friend? All of these answers are in the movie which you should definitely rent and check out.
This movie showcases Patrick Swayze, who was a great actor, and showed off the talents of Demi Moore. Tony Goldwyn did an incredible portrayal of a conflicted man. Conflicted because he wanted the money he got access to after Sam was killed, and because I believe his character Carl felt remorseful at what had happened because of his greed.
The movie is safe for the whole family to view with no nudity in it. It is definitely worth seeing with your significant other or with your entire family.