Ghost bummer. Casper is a mere ghost of his former self in this overblown,incoherent
merchandising vehicle passing itself off as a feature film. Ghost "psychotherapist" Bill
Pullman and daughter Christina Ricci move into a haunted house where they come face-to-face
with some exceedingly active ectoplasm,i.e., the friendliest ghost you know and his trio of
rascally uncles. The much-vaunted special effects ~ by the ubiquitous Industrial Light &
Magic ~ aren't all that special (Casper looks like a translucent Pillsbury Doughboy).
Further, for a movie so obviously aimed at the preschool set, the script is appallingly
cavalier about death, life after death and spiritual matters. However, the scariest thing
about "Casper" is its budget: $50 million is enough to send shivers up the spine of any
thinking person. But then, movies like this aren't made for thinking people of any age.