In Charlie St. Cloud, the Zac Efron weepie opening today, the title character is a young man so traumatized by his little brother's death that he makes a deal to play catch with his sibling's ghost every day at sunset, indefinitely. Five years later, Charlie is a very handsome, very weird guy who has abandoned college, women, sailboats, and friends because it's hard to have a normal conversation, let alone be a normal person, when you're talking to ghosts at rigidly scheduled, daily intervals. Of course, compared to other movie spirits, Charlie's brother is low maintenance — he's not asking Charlie to go hunt down his murderer, or convince his girlfriend that he really, truly loves her. He just wants to play catch. Click through the slideshow to see some other ghosts who have been significantly more demanding.
Most Watched on Vulture
Most Viewed Stories
Shia LaBeouf Is Doing a 4-Year-Long Anti-Trump Livestream Event
Madonna to Women’s March Detractors: ‘F*ck You’
Channing Tatum’s Leaked Email Is Glorious
Kristen Stewart Looks Back on Trump's Tweets About Her Robert Pattinson Split: He Was ‘Really Obsessed With Me'
Let’s Talk About the Ending of Split
Celebrities React to Trump’s Inauguration, and Aside From Scott Baio, They’re Mostly Upset
Stephen Colbert Reviews Trump's Inaugural Speech on Late Show: ‘Like Lincoln Huffing Paint Thinner’
Vulture’s Final Oscar-Nomination Predictions
The Founder Is an Acerbic, Uncomfortably Timely Bite of McDonald’s History
The Good Place Pulled Off a Forking Great Twist Ending
Latest News from VultureSundance: At the Women's March, Jessica Williams Was the Leader We Were Looking For
"I am my ancestors' dream," she told the crowd.Paul Scheer Nails Why Being a New Parent Ruins Your Best Friendships
"You're just awash with people you wouldn't even want to have dinner with."Is This the Most Politically Relevant Film at Sundance?
A uniquely relevant movie for our time.The Cast of The Little Hours Sets the Bar High for Awkward Crotch Sniffing
A new low or a new high?We Asked Rashida Jones About Her First Concert Which She Described As "Magic"
The King of Pop delivered.Madonna to Women’s March Detractors: ‘F*ck You’
She expressed herself.Celebs Turn Out for Women's March and Show Support on Social Media
Jessica Chastain, Zendaya, and Charlize Theron are among the protesters.Lin-Manuel Miranda Releases 8 Hamilton Demos So You Can Experience the Boundless Energy of Hamilton With Miranda Playing Every Part
A masterwork in progress.Scarlett Johansson at Women's March on Washington: 'Don't Let the Feelings of Helplessness Make You Complacent'
"Don't give up your power."Ashley Judd Performs 'I Am a Nasty Woman' Poem at Women's March on Washington
"I feel Hitler in these streets, a mustache traded for a toupee."
A showdown's a-coming.Protesters Channel Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher at Women's March
Taking cues from a rebel icon.Rachel Platten Calls Out The Piano Guys for Playing 'Fight Song' at Trump Inaugural Ball Without Permission
"Fight Song" was Hillary Clinton's campaign song.Jimmy Kimmel Pledges to Keep Taking Truth to Power By Gleefully Mocking President Trump
"I ... do solemnly swear to faithfully satirize, criticize, lampoon, and harpoon the president of the United States."T.I. Urges the Oppressed to Mount a Stronger Resistance in New Open Letter
"Everything cannot be blamed on THE SYSTEM."Jessica Williams' Wonderful Response When Asked if She Misses The Daily Show
NPR and the spa, please.The One Thing Michael Showalter Says Every Romantic Comedy Needs
It's simple, really.Stephen Colbert Reviews Trump's Inaugural Speech on Late Show: ‘Like Lincoln Huffing Paint Thinner’
President of the United States of American CarnageKristen Stewart Makes a Mysterious Splash at Sundance With Her Directorial Debut
What was it about? Well ...Witchblade Is Not Quite a Witch and Not Quite a Blade, But to Answer Your Question, It Might Be a TV Reboot
Witchblade is sort of a blade, but it is also a bracelet that is an alien.