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by Slyder

"Keaton kicks ass, the movie tries to catch up"
3 stars

It’s probably safe to say that Michael Keaton is probably the most underrated actor ever. Hell, he’s the guy who made a totally implausible pile of shit like Desperate Measures be mildly interesting and entertaining. Here, he also makes best of Tim Burton’s second movie that doesn’t go farther than being just plain weird.

Two ghosts Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam (Alec Baldwin) are trapped in their own house after they’re killed in a car crash. Then suddenly, a new obnoxious family moves into their house, comprised of father Charles (Jeffrey Jones), mother Delia (Catherine O’Hara) and their creepy daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder). So now, Barbara and Adam hire the services of a bio-exorcist named Beetlegeuse (Keaton) to get rid of those fuckers.

This film is pretty much notable since it establishes Burton’s crazy world vision once and for all, full of weird-ass dimensions of the living world and the underworld which will keep you quite glued to the movie. The FX are a bit lame by today’s standards, like that striped dragon and the little toy car. The atmosphere is quite odd, with a sense of creepiness that it isn’t necessarily scary but still interesting, and humorous; especially in the hilarious dining room dancing scene when they’re all suddenly forced to dance to Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O.” The story is strange and sometimes it makes little sense; it’s quite weird, especially since this film is branded as a horror movie. The ending is just plain weird. Longtime Burton composer Danny Elfman brings again his share of oddball music that only he’s capable and blends well with all Burton films.

Oh, one question: Why is the movie called Beetle Juice, when the guy’s name is Beetlegeuse? Maybe I’m missing something.

The acting is all right. Michael Keaton single-handedly walks away with the entire film. The guy is such a sleazy oddball that it’s just hard not to like him and even harder not to hate him; in fact whenever he’s off the screen, the film seems to tank, and whenever he appears the movie gets revitalized almost immediately. Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis are pretty flat and don’t bring much for their characters. Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara are even better than Baldwin and Davis mostly since they’re just behaving oddly. Wynona Ryder is also weird and to a certain point effective.

In the end, this film is a notable and curious entry into Tim Burton’s early stages of cinematic maturity, full of weird-ideas, well-crafted settings and a somewhat confusing storyline. It’s worth a curious view from time to time, though Burton would outdo himself with his next release. 3-5

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9/13/17 morris campbell imaginative & fun ALOT better than ghostbusters 4 stars
11/24/13 Vanessa C. Love this movie. It was imaginative and interesting. 5 stars
9/29/12 roscoe Inventive and fun, but so little of the star. Beetlejuice is only in like 20 minutes. 4 stars
6/19/12 Jordan Kentris I absolutely LOVE this movie. It's one of my favourite Tim Burton movies of all time. 5 stars
4/05/11 Ionicera Great movie for all ages, an 80s gem 5 stars
10/08/10 eric one of the best ever 5 stars
12/12/09 Michael Jay An all time favorite, Michael Keaton was amazing as BeetleJuice in this. 5 stars
8/28/09 Jeff Wilder A zany comedy that holds up well 5 stars
7/07/09 *Holy_J@lapeno* Slow at times but overall the movie is awesome!!! I love the different characters 4 stars
4/10/09 Dane Youssef Classic family comedy. There's a whole universe here full of surrealist lands & characters. 4 stars
3/10/09 brian My favorite movie with a Baldwin brother--it's great in spite of him! 5 stars
2/29/08 imar still remember from my childhood, everytime i see it i laugh 5 stars
11/25/07 Jillian Balik Love the soundtrack and stupid humor 4 stars
11/12/07 darby j. that movie so funny i love it i love the soundtrack to it to! 5 stars
7/22/07 deb burton knows what he is doing when he chooses the people he wants - Keeton, Depp, Helena!!! 5 stars
7/11/07 Hello Stranger a charming movie 5 stars
7/03/07 emily my all time favourite movie. keaton (douglas) was GREAT!!! 5 stars
6/15/07 Vincent Ebriega Contemporary fun. Recommended to all. 3.5/5. 4 stars
12/25/06 johnnyfog SO OVERRATED. Gina Davis and O'Hara are still cool though 3 stars
11/19/06 Nikki Such a sweeeeeeeet movie 5 stars
11/04/06 yasmin sooooo cool!!! 5 stars
10/04/06 Skobay Brilliant film....childhoood favorte 5 stars
10/02/06 Jeremy Davies Michael Keeton was great!! 4 stars
9/29/06 Mike Burton was only in the movie 18 minutes, but he was definitely the star! Great movie! 5 stars
8/09/06 Dragon The Artist Yet another classic I grew up with& another god of cult classics!! 5 stars
8/07/06 David Cohen A lot of fun, not to be taken too seriously 5 stars
8/05/05 Zack If you don't like this one, you're crazy! 5 stars
3/16/05 Alice Colwell stupid 2 stars
11/17/04 chris keatons a powerhouse 3 stars
10/28/04 Theresa Wagner It's worth seeing a few times, really funny 4 stars
9/09/04 Archanist_101 A Classic Micheal Keaton moment...! 5 stars
9/02/04 T.B. The Best Comedy Movie I Ever Seen! 5 stars
8/19/04 DM Typical Burton - off the wall and darkly funny 4 stars
5/08/04 Sean Scanlan Worst movie ever on my worst movie list 1 stars
12/09/03 Samuel pretty stupid! 2 stars
7/23/03 Kit Funny movie, yet the cartoon series was much better 4 stars
6/08/03 earl hoffert whoa, looks like i'm next! 5 stars
4/30/03 Jon Lyrik Nice fucking movie! (honks crotch) 5 stars
4/12/03 Jack Sommersby Keaton is magnificent, but the film is typically Burton: uneven and only sporadically good. 2 stars
3/31/03 Luke Skywalker lots of bloopers in this movie. < ROCKS > 5 stars
11/19/02 Mupey Degarmo This is the best movie!I just wish it didnt have that one word in it!(you know what word) 5 stars
10/31/02 chris really really really awesome 5 stars
10/25/02 Morally Sound "Sooo, what number do you have?" One of my all time favourite movies! 5 stars
10/21/02 AshFan Learn to throw your voice, impress your friends, fun at parties! 5 stars
9/12/02 Lennie Keaton is hot in this movie! 5 stars
8/11/02 Goth Child has been the best film, next to The Crow, to propel me into my current state. 5 stars
7/25/02 Jessica This is one of my all-time favorite movies. One of the funniest. 5 stars
7/10/02 Charles Tatum Keaton is a riot 4 stars
7/10/02 The Motherfucking Hell Nazi I don't get it. In the movie they spell his name "betelguese". Why not "Beetlejuice"? 5 stars
3/19/02 Michael My favorite film of all time 5 stars
2/06/02 Claxner Oxjaw Winona Ryder was never more charming, but can't save this mess! 2 stars
12/12/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now this is a classic that everybody should watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
12/11/01 Monster W. Kung I didn't find it funny. Not godawful, but darn close. 2 stars
11/28/01 The $1.98 Pyramid New characters gets stupider as the movie goes on. The ghoul priest?! 4 stars
10/17/01 Andrew Carden What Starts Out Very Funny and Exciting, Turns Gross and Has No Point. 3 stars
8/05/01 E-Funk One of my favs growing up...it still holds up as one of the coolest, trippiest Burton films 5 stars
5/22/01 Bada Bing Crosby Day-O! 5 stars
5/21/01 Ray McCoy "C'mon you can't leave now! Look, we even shop at the same store!" Keaton steals the show! 5 stars
4/09/01 Gary This is a good movie but whoever made it was on crack at the time! 4 stars
11/12/00 The EVIL Penguin one of Burton's finest work. Keaton is humorous 4 stars
9/21/00 Turtle Funny, spooky, totally great! 5 stars
6/09/00 Mike "It's Showtime!!!" 4 stars
6/08/00 danilo awesome 5 stars
6/06/00 Bender some fun, but overrated 3 stars
4/23/00 Ryan still one of my faves 5 stars
7/11/99 chris I love this movie. I've loved it since I was a littlekid. 5 stars
7/07/99 Ben Leostein Rating: *** (out of ****) Category: "Good" 4 stars
10/13/98 philip nice fucking model--honk honk 5 stars
10/04/98 Negative Creep The Banana Boat song/Possesion scene is still onte of the funniest in film history. 5 stars
9/22/98 {{{OZ}}} Was purty cool. Keaton was great. Why did he stop doing actual comedy again? 4 stars
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