“..1. What’s it about?
Norman is an ordinary kid who happens to be able to see and talk to ghosts.
This habit earns him a few things: nicknames like “Freak” and “Abnorman” among his peers, the constant attention of the thugs and bullies (especially oafish Alvin, voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) -
- equal servings of concern and exasperation from his parents (Leslie Mann and Jeff Garlin) – and a lot of embarrassment and hostility from teenage sister Courtney (Anna Kendrick).
Blithe Hollow, the little New England town that is Norman’s home, was the site of a notorious witch trial 300 years prior – resulting in a curse on the town that includes the dead rising from the grave -
- naturally, unlikely hero Norman is the one person who can and must handle the situation – with involuntary assistance from an unlikely array of accidental allies.
The producers describe the movie as “John Hughes meets John Carpenter,” and that’s an accurate description.
Imagine the kid from The Sixth Sense and The Goonies teaming up to fight ghosts in a remake of The Fog -
- all of which serves as the least preachy allegory about bullying and acceptance ever told…”
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