The Evers, Jim (Murphy) and Sara ("Black Knight's" Marsha Thomason), are realtors, and Jim is a workaholic. After missing yet another family whatever, he agrees to take the brood on a weekend getaway; they only have to make one stop at the infamous Gracey Manor to sign the biggest deal of their career. What they find is a creepy house full of dusty old ghosts left over from a century ago. It seems there was an incident during which the master of the manor (Nathaniel Parker, a British actor noted for the "Inspector Lynley" series) killed himself just after his only true love--who happens to look just like Sara--committed suicide. Or did she? Anyway, the late Master Gracey wants his girlfriend/Sara back and Eddie and the kids and some ghostly buddies have to save her.
Eddie Murphy isn't exactly walking through the role--that would imply the presence of a role, but he's strangely not there, replaced by special effects and two-bit carnival gags: Jennifer Tilly as Madame Loeta, a floating head inside a crystal ball; a quartet of singing graveyard busts; the occasional digital skeleton. It'd be fun for the whole family...if it was any fun. Starring Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Nathaniel Parker, Marsha Thomason, Jennifer Tilly and Wallace Shawn. Directed by Rob Minkoff. Written by David Berenbaum. Produced by Don Hahn and Andrew Gunn. A Buena Vista release. Comedy. Rated PG for frightening images, thematic elements and language. Running time: 100 min