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Ghostbusters 2 (1989)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to the cast, Ghostbusters 2 is reasonably amusing, but it lacks the charm, wit, and energy of its predecessor.

Movie Info

Ivan Reitman's sequel to the phenomenally successful Ghostbusters is looser and more self-assured than the original. The film opens with a title reading "Five Years Later" and finds the ghostbusters living in hard times. A restraining order has forbidden the boys to partake in paranormal warfare, and as a result they have had to seek other lines of work. Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) spend their time performing at children's' birthday parties, and Egon (Harold Ramis) is busy conducting experiments investigating the effect of human emotions on the environment, leaving ghostbusting behind. Venkman (Bill Murray) and Dana (Sigourney Weaver) have split up. Venkman now hosts a local cable show called "The World of the Psychic." Dana, now divorced and the mother of a little baby named Oscar, works as an art restorer in a museum -- and this is where the plot kicks in. While Dana is restoring a portrait of a 16th-century tyrant by the name of Vigo the Carpathian, the portrait becomes hexed. The evil Vigo wants to return to life by taking over the body of Dana's little child. Vigo has enlisted Dana's boss, Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol), to compel Dana to cooperate. Soon dirty sludge and slime flow through the streets of Manhattan, and the ghostbusters have to reunite to save the city from a funky paranormal evil. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovimore
Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Bill Murray
as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd
as Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver
as Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis
as Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis
as Louis Tully
Ernie Hudson
as Winston Zeddemore
Annie Potts
as Janine Melnitz
Peter MacNicol
as Janosz Poha
Harris Yulin
as The Judge
David Margulies
as Mayor of New York
Kurt Fuller
as Hardemeyer
Janet Margolin
as The Prosecutor
Michael P. Moran
as Frank, the Doorman
Olivia Ward
as Meter Maid
Mordecai Lawner
as Man with a Ticket
Susan Boehm
as Young Woman on Crutc...
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Brownstone Mother
Robert DiTillio
as Spectator
Page Leong
as Spengler's Assistant
Catherine Reitman
as Girl with Puppy
Dave Florek
as lst Cop
Richard Foronjy
as Con Ed Supervisor
Sharon Kramer
as Stenographer
Bobby Brown
as Mayor's Doorman
Judy Ovitz
as Slimed Restaurant Pa...
Robert Alan Beuth
as Store Manager
Ralph Monaco
as Police Sergeant
Ron Cummins
as Police Lieutenant
Cheech Marin
as Dock Supervisor
Yvette Cruise
as Maria, Dana's Maid
Brian Doyle-Murray
as Psychiatrist
Louise Troy
as Woman with Fur Coat
Douglas Seale
as Plaza Hotel Man
Ben Stein
as Public Works Officia...
Erik Holland
as Fire Commissioner
Philip Baker Hall
as Police Commissioner
Christopher Villasen...
as Brownstone Boy No. 1
Jason Reitman
as Brownstone Boy No. 2
Tom Dugan
as Restaurant Cop No. 1
Angelo di Mascio
as Restaurant Cop No. 2
Valery Pappas
as Arguing Couple
Mark Schneider
as Arguing Couple
John Hammil
as Detective No. 1
Ray Glanzmann
as Detective No. 2
Alex Zimmerman
as Detective No. 3
Kevin Dunn
as Venkman's Talk Show ...
Chloe Webb
as Venkman's Talk Show ...
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters 2

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

The sequel is, on the whole, a fairly mechanical spook show, filled with grinning ghosts that are definitely ghoulish but hardly menacing.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

There's very little energy in the follow-through, and this time Murray's listlessness seems more anemic than comic.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Kids will find the oozing slime and ghastly, ghostly apparitions to their liking and adults will enjoy the preposterously clever dialog.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Top Critic

The film is largely an excuse for a cast get-together, with the Ghostbusters, under judicial restraining order after the havoc wreaked in part one, suffering lives of semi-obscurity.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Even the special effects are more to the point of the comedy than they were in the first film. For some reason, this appears to leave more room for the sort of random funny business that Mr. Murray and his friends do best.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

You want more.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters 2

It's pretty tough for a sequel to best, let alone match it's predecessor, especially when the first one is an undisputed masterpiece.

So yeah, Ghostbusters II isn't as good as the first, but it's not a bad film by any means. Unfortunately most people don't see it that way. Me, I really like this one, and think it's still a really decent film, even though it isn't what it could have been.

The story begins five years after the first. Following the defeat of Gozer at the end of the first film, the Ghostbusters have actually fallen on hard times. Instead of being hailed as saviors, they have since been slapped with a restraining order and forced to cease their ghostbusting due to all the collateral damage their 'busting' causes. As a result, the four have hung up their proton packs and gone on to other activities.

However, they are forced to get back to it when an evil ooze begins wreaking havoc, especially when it possesses a painting of an evil 16th Century Carpathian tyrant named Vigo, causing him to come to life to terrorize all who end up in his way.

I think the main issue at hand here is sequelitis. It's just unable to capture the magic that made the first so special. It doesn't have the freshness, nor does it have the same level of laughs, wit, and energy. Ivan Reitman returned as director, and co-stars Aykroyd and Ramis once again wrote the script, and, while they don't do bad in these roles, their performances don't really stand out. I do however, like that they raised the stakes, and showed how actions have consequences. I just wish they could have come up with some more creative and stronger ideas.

The music is still good though, and I still dig the effects, and yeah, the performances are fine, if slightly worn, but, even though this one has it's moments, it doesn't have near as much heart as it should.

I'm still giving this one a really high rating though, as I'm a big fan, I like these guys and what they do, and it's still a fun and entertaining film. Yeah, some of it is a bit sillier, but I can't help but like it. Without a doubt, my main reason for really liking this is personal. Sentimentality is key here, as the earliest memory that I can recall is seeing this in the theater when I was a mere three years old. I can only recall one scene clearly, but still, it's a memory I want to cherish as long as possible.

Bottom line: yeah, this is a step down, but it's still a pretty decent film, and offers a fair amount of entertainment, and, compared to a lot of sequels, it's quite strong, so give it a chance.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


For a sequel to a masterpiece it couldn't possibly live up to, this is quite an underrated bit of fun. Not sure why so many hold it in such low regard, because I think it successfully maintains the spirit of its predecessor.

Sure, the plot isn't as exciting and the main villain is kind of lame, but the wonderful wit and interplay is still very much intact, which is what counts in my book. I suppose Bill Murray is chiefly to thank for that though. You can't help but love his sarcastic, cynical and hopelessly womanizing character. His lines are so perfectly timed that you're wondering if he's not making it all up on the spot.

At any rate, we can only hope that the intended third film (which now, perhaps for the best, looks doomed to become a non-event) won't ruin any of that. I mean, Hollywood has already managed to defile other 80's gems like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. If the same thing happens to the Ghostbusters franchise, I don't know what I'll do, but it ain't gonna be pretty. And by "not pretty" I mean something along the lines of Vigo's morning face.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

The Original Ghostbusters set a new standard for comedy, horror and Sci Fi. The first was a big hit, and is one of the best comedies with Sci Fi and horror elements. It's only naturally that they would make a sequel to the first one. The question that one who's never seen the sequel will probably ask the age old question, is it better than the first one? Unfortunately no. The film feels more silly than fun, and the characters here are more irritating. What made the original so good was the witty originality and the use of many genres to create a terrific, memorable film. With Ghostbusters it acts more of a comedy as the aspects that made the original so good, are almost entirely absent. The film is very tongue in Cheek, and while the first had a bit of seriousness to its brand of comedy, the comedy shown here is almost frustrating and not original. Ghostbusters was an effective film due to the simple fact that it blended Comedy, sci fi, horror and mystery in to it's well written script. Ghostbusters 2 is an inferior sequel but definitely has good enough elements going for it that it's still a average film to watch. The film may make you divided in the sense that you either don't know if it's good, bad or awful. But if you loved the first entry, and I mean really enjoyed it, then you might be disappointed with this film.
But with this one, it seems a little tired out. But it's still a good film to watch, and has some good creative elements, and despite all its faults, in the end who you gonna call?

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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