AppleTV+’s Ghosted is a terrific rom-com with great chemistry between the two leads, but fails at the spy caper theme. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
AppleTV+’s Ghosted release date on the streaming service throughout the United States is today, April 21, 2023. The film has a star-studded cast, including: Chris Evans (Captain America, Knives Out) playing Cole Turner; Ana de Armas (who recently played Marilyn Monroe in Blonde) as CIA agent Sadie Rhodes; Adrien Brody (Leveque); Amy Sedaris; Tate Donovan; Tim Blake Nelson; and Lizze Broadway. It was directed by Dexter Fletcher and written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, and Chris McKenna, and includes star power cameo’s, such as one by Ryan Reynolds. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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AppleTV+ GHOSTED Parents Guide
In AppleTV+ Ghosted: Cole falls head over heels for enigmatic Sadie, but then makes the shocking discovery that she’s a secret agent. Before they can decide on a second date, Cole and Sadie are swept away on an international adventure to save the world.
AppleTV+ GHOSTED Age Rating Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know about the age rating of the movie before letting their younger children watch AppleTV+ Ghosted.
Language: AppleTV+ Ghosted contains stronger words and uses profanity throughout. Lookout words include: one use of the word f*ck, sh*t, b*tch, a**, d*mn, and hell.
Mature Content: Other than the stronger language used in the movie, the biggest concern for parents is the violence it contains and the high-kill action sequences. Characters are shown in hand-to-hand combat, wielding guns and other weapons, being shot at, shooting and killing other characters, being kidnapped and beaten, and more. There is a sex scene that does not show any nudity but shows characters unclothed under the sheets kissing with implied sex. Characters are shown consuming alcohol, discussing drugs, and taking an edible.
Age Rating of Ghosted: AppleTV+’s Ghosted has a PG-13 rating for the use of sequences of strong violence, brief strong language, and some light sexual content, and the parental guidelines advisory recommends it for an adult audience, younger adults, and teens aged 13 and older. The suggestion of parental guidance or an adult guardian is highly suggested for young kids (or older kids) under 13 years of age in this PG-13-rated motion picture. The minimum age recommendation is 13 years old; it is not suitable for young children.
The best part about the new Apple Original Film, Ghosted, was the chemistry between the two leads, Chris Evans and Ana de Armas. The two meet by chance when de Armas’ sadie is in search of a house plant and meets Evans character Cole, who is a farmer and refuses to sell her a plant because he fears she will neglect it. The fiery exchange leads to a romantic date, where Cole leaves his asthma inhaler (equipped with a tracking device) in her purse, eventually tracking her down in London as a romantic gesture. After he gets kidnapped, he releases Sadie, who isn’t who she says she is but instead part of a network of CIA operatives. Now he is questioning his choices and if Sadie is really the girl of his dreams.
Audiences are used to seeing hunky Evans as the hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; instead, he plays a more awkward character who texts Sadie over 10 times the day after their first date. Although when Cole’s messages are brought up, he claims emojis don’t count. This sort of humor is throughout this romantic action comedy film, leaving viewers with a mixed bag of feelings towards the movie, considering the most intriguing part of the film is the rom-com aspect, although the leads have a bare minimum of affection in the film. There is an intensity and a magnetism between the two when they share the screen together that has viewers rooting for their relationship’s success.
AppleTV+’s Ghosted is more than a romantic comedy, bringing tons of action and fight sequences to the film. This spy action movie includes CGI effects that aren’t great, a climactic shootout inside a rotating dining room of Atlanta spinning out of control, as the centrifugal force has characters falling from the rooftop. The entire revolving restaurant scene feels cheap and unpolished, as do some of the scenes using backdrops for cities and landscapes. This being said, the action is extremely intriguing, with both Sadie and Cole getting chances to fight bad guys in unique and creative locations and situations.
AppleTV+’s Ghosted has a runtime of 1 hour and 56 minutes, which felt a little lengthy with the endless shootouts and cat-and-mouse chases. Director Dexter Fletcher, who directed the popular biopic Rocketman, has taken on a huge challenge with Ghosted, having to deliver a well-crafted romance story with a spy caper angle. It’s an understandable and noble cause to want to create a hybrid rom-com and action movie to appease both men and women when choosing a movie to watch together, but overall, Ghosted doesn’t get the job done. I’m sure it seemed fine on paper, and perhaps it could have been better, but it seems budgetary constraints may have played a hand in the final product.