In “If I Stay,” out Friday, Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) has choices to make: what to wear, what college to attend, whether to live or die. She’s in a coma after a car wreck and gets to choose what happens to her. Being a movie ghost has its advantages.
“Just Like Heaven”: Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) refuses to vacate her apartment. First, Mark Ruffalo has moved in and he’s cute. Second, she’s actually in a coma so that makes packing tough. Third, she isn’t going anywhere until she gets her security deposit back.
“Casper”: There was a 1995 movie made from the TV cartoon staple; both attempted to use humor to distract us from the fact that we’re watching the spirit of a dead kid.
“Harry Potter” movies: It’s a wonder anyone at Hogwarts got any sleep, what with ghosts like Nearly Headless Nick (John Cleese) showing up at all hours, asking if the kids had seen “Life of Brian” yet.
“The Blair Witch Project”: Yes, it’s about a witch, not a ghost, but given all the shaky cam, you’re certain to encounter the wrath of the Ghost of Whatever You Ate for Dinner as it comes back up.
Any film version of “Hamlet”: Dads are always giving advice. “Make sure to have jumper cables,” they say. “Save 10 percent of your paycheck,” they say. “Avenge my death by killing my brother,” they say. Ah, dads.
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