We Have a Ghost 2023

Movie Review – We Have a Ghost 2023

In the realm of cinema, not every film resonates with audiences in the same way. While some movies captivate and leave a lasting impression, others fall short of expectations, leaving viewers feeling disillusioned. “We Have a Ghost” (2023) is one such film that, despite its potential, fails to deliver on multiple fronts. In this review, we will explore the reasons why I, with great passion, found myself disliking “We Have a Ghost” and why it ultimately missed the mark.

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  1. Weak Execution of Promising Premise:

“We Have a Ghost” starts with an intriguing premise—an ordinary family finds themselves living with a mischievous ghost. However, the execution of this idea leaves much to be desired. The film fails to capitalize on the potential for a compelling and engaging storyline, resulting in a shallow and predictable narrative. The lack of depth and meaningful exploration of the ghost’s presence in the family’s life diminishes the impact of the concept, ultimately leading to a sense of missed opportunity.

  1. Flat Characters and Lack of Development:

One of the film’s significant drawbacks lies in its flat and underdeveloped characters. The family members lack depth and dimension, making it challenging to connect with or care about their experiences. The ghost, portrayed as mischievous, falls into one-note territory, failing to evolve beyond a predictable source of comic relief. The lack of character development robs the film of emotional investment, leaving the audience detached and uninterested.

  1. Inconsistent Tone and Poor Pacing:

“We Have a Ghost” struggles with maintaining a consistent tone throughout the film, leading to an overall disjointed viewing experience. The movie attempts to blend comedy, supernatural elements, and heartfelt moments, but the transitions between these tonal shifts feel forced and unnatural. This inconsistency hampers the pacing of the story, preventing the film from building momentum and maintaining the audience’s engagement.

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  1. Underutilized Cast and Wasted Talent:

The film boasts a talented ensemble cast, but unfortunately, their potential goes largely untapped. Established actors are given little to work with in terms of substantial material, resulting in wasted talent. The performances lack the depth and nuance necessary to bring the characters to life, leaving the actors to struggle against weak writing and limited character development.

  1. Lack of Originality and Depth:

“We Have a Ghost” falls into the trap of formulaic storytelling and clichéd tropes, failing to offer anything fresh or original to the genre. The film lacks depth in its exploration of themes such as family dynamics, the supernatural, and personal growth. It skims the surface of potentially rich and thought-provoking concepts, opting for easy resolutions and predictable plot developments.

  1. Missed Opportunities for Emotional Impact:

A film that revolves around family dynamics and supernatural elements has the potential to evoke powerful emotions. However, “We Have a Ghost” misses the mark in creating impactful and resonant moments. The attempts at emotional depth and poignancy feel contrived, lacking the necessary buildup and genuine character connections to leave a lasting impact on the viewer.

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“We Have a Ghost” (2023) fails to live up to its promising premise, leaving a bitter taste of disappointment. With weak execution, flat characters, inconsistent tone, and wasted talent, the film struggles to engage and connect with the audience. The lack of originality, depth, and emotional impact further contribute to its shortcomings. While personal preferences may differ, “We Have a Ghost” falls short of delivering a satisfying and memorable cinematic experience, ultimately leaving me with a passionate distaste for the film.


We Have a Ghost (2023)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual/suggestive references and violence.

127 minutes


David Harbour as Ernest

Jahi Di’Allo Winston as Kevin Presley

Anthony Mackie as Frank Presley

Tig Notaro as Dr. Leslie Monroe

Jennifer Coolidge as Judy Romano, the West Bay Medium

Erica Ash as Melanie Presley

Isabella Russo as Joy Yoshino

Niles Fitch as Fulton Presley

Faith Ford as Realtor


Christopher Landon

Writer (based upon “Ernest” written by)

Geoff Manaugh

Writer (story by)

Geoff Manaugh


Christopher Landon


Marc Spicer


Ben Baudhuin


Bear McCreary


My Rating – 2/5

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