Ghosts Can't Do It

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Ghosts Can't Do It is a 1989 American romantic crime fantasy comedy film written and directed by John Derek and starring Bo Derek and Anthony Quinn.

The film was released direct-to-video in Australia on October 17th, 1989, but was released theatrically in the United States on June 1st, 1990. It was panned by critics and the audience alike.

The film won four Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture (tied with The Adventures of Ford Fairlane), Worst Actress (Bo Derek), Worst Supporting Actor (Donald Trump), and Worst Director (John Derek).


Scott and Kate are happily married despite their 30-year age difference. After Scott suffers a heart attack and is unable to make love, he commits suicide and becomes a ghost that only Kate can see and speak with. To make it possible for Scott to return as a human, they conjure up a plan to have a young man, named Fausto, drown so that Scott can take his body.

Why It Sucks

  1. The opening title screen is unreadable due to the text being too small to read.
  2. There are no scene transitions, making it impossible to tell what is going on.
  3. The premise is overly creepy and disgusting for a romance film because it involves murdering a young man so that the titular ghost can take over his body and have sex with his wife again. In any other film this would make Kate and Scott the villains, yet the film treats them as though they're meant to be sympathetic.
  4. Nonsensical events all-around, including a Donald Trump cameo.
  5. Cheap special effects, with literally having Anthony Quinn just standing behind a black drop and blurring him up in an attempt to make him look like a ghost.
  6. Bad acting all-around; Bo is as wooden as ever, Anthony Quinn is not caring, and newcomer Leo Damian is a non-presence.