I won't belabor the point, but the most critical thing here that doesn't work is what the movie is actually about. This is basically a re-make of "Heaven Can Wait," though it's weirdly unclear why our protagonist is caught between life and the afterlife. According to the Netflix summary: "When workaholic widower Elliot Hopper (Bill Cosby) is killed in a tragic accident...[he] has three days to return from the dead and get his family's finances and priorities in order." That alone is more helpful than the first act of the movie itself.
However, don't just take my word for this. There is tremendous debate regarding "Ghost Dad." Sample from the always insightful Netflix member reviews which, as always, I am NOT making up:
- "A touching movie about a dad who dies..."
- "Fun for the whole family. While it's probably a little lame for any kid over the age of 12."
- "The parent-child relationship is every bit as gripping as the relationship between Michael Corleone and Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather'."
- "Better than 'Leonard Part 6'."
- "The special effects are astounding."
A must-see. Obviously.