A bland, junior-league GHOSTBUSTERS wrapped around a message about childhood empowerment neither tramples on parental sensibilities nor talks down to children. South Carolina real-estate developer John Practer (Perry Simpson) has been buying up businesses along Bay Street in the town of Brandell. A lone independent restaurateur, Karen Malone (Michele Ashton), stands in the way of the deluxe golf resort the greedy Practer intends to build. Anxious to drive Karen out by any means necessary, Practer tells her she's neglected to pay a tax bill that has accumulated penalties to the tune of $300,000! Karen temporarily
entrusts her youngest children, Carrie (Brittany Robertson) and Chris (Clayton Griffin), to the care of their Grandma Lenny (Dottie Snow) and hits the road to raise capital. The Malone kids feel guilty about enjoying their vacation at Lenny's, and while Karen scrambles for solutions Grandma Lenny regales the youngsters with a ghostly tale about her deceased mother, Carolyn (Sonya Coogan), a nurse. Years ago, Carolyn received an expensive trinket from a grateful wealthy patient. But before Carolyn could give this bracelet to her daughter, she ran into a fierce storm and lost the jewelry in the woods. Grandma Lenny hints that Carolyn still haunts the countryside in search of the bauble. Naturally, the Malone siblings and their friends, Natalie (Lindley Mayer) and Jesse (Derek Thompson), form a ghost-hunters' club: If they could find the expensive bracelet and sell it on Ebay, they could pay off Karen's debt. Meanwhile, Practer has been undermining Karen's efforts to raise cash; if the late Carolyn doesn't point her descendents towards her lost property, the Malone family will be ruined financially. Although the actors barely rise to the level of competence, writer David Ciesielski and director Ralph Portillo turn this bit of supernatural malarkey into an acceptable modern-day equivalent of a Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys adventure think of it as a squeaky-clean play date for moppets.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: PG
- Review: A bland, junior-league GHOSTBUSTERS wrapped around a message about childhood empowerment neither tramples on parental sensibilities nor talks down to children. South Carolina real-estate developer John Practer (Perry Simpson) has been buying up businesses… (more)