Ghostbusters 2

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



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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, Rovi


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 Crutches
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 Patron
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 Official
Erik Holland
as Fire Commissioner
Philip Baker Hall
as Police Commissioner
Christopher Villasenor
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 Guest (uncredited)
Chloe Webb
as Venkman's Talk Show Guest (uncredited)
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Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters 2

  • Feb 08, 2017
    Nice follow-up to the 1984 classic!
    David T Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2015
    "GhostBusters 2" is a okay Sci-Fi movie. "GhostBusters 2" has good acting from "Bill Murray" and "Sigourney Weaver". This movie has an okay plot to it some scenes are funny and other scenes are just dumb, e.g. "Statue of Liberty" walking. The Special effects in this movie are pretty good, in my opinion better than the previous film.The soundtrack is okay, nothing amazing. I give "GhostBusters 2" a 6.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2011
    Ghostbusters 2 tries to recreate the same magic that the original had, but falls short. The story takes an unconventional but interesting turn, yet still tries to repeat all of the same notes from the first film. Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis deliver solid performances again, but the whole film comes off as a retread of the first one. The plot's just not as tight this time, and as a result it feels a little sloppy and rushed. Still, Ghostbusters 2 is a fun and action-packed film that delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    There are rare moments that are reminiscent of the first film, but otherwise Ghostbusters 2 falls into the gimmickry, that though worked in the first film, becomes repetitive and unoriginal in the second film. The "5 years later" concept never worked so well and the side jobs the 'Busters have taken on make for hilarious portions of the film, but regardless, the film becomes just another chapter in their one-and-done paranormal activities.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer

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