Ghostbusters

2016, Fantasy/Comedy, 1h 57m

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Ghostbusters does an impressive job of standing on its own as a freewheeling, marvelously cast supernatural comedy -- even if it can't help but pale somewhat in comparison with the classic original. Read critic reviews

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Paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) and physicist Erin Gilbert are trying to prove that ghosts exist in modern society. When strange apparitions appear in Manhattan, Gilbert and Yates turn to engineer Jillian Holtzmann for help. Also joining the team is Patty Tolan, a lifelong New Yorker who knows the city inside and out. Armed with proton packs and plenty of attitude, the four women prepare for an epic battle as more than 1,000 mischievous ghouls descend on Times Square.

Cast & Crew

Kristen Wiig
Erin Gilbert
Leslie Jones
Patty Tolan
Kate McKinnon
Jillian Holtzmann
Charles Dance
Harold Filmore
Neil Casey
Rowan North
Cecily Strong
Jennifer Lynch
Matt Walsh
Agent Rorke
Ed Begley Jr.
Ed Mulgrave
Andy Garcia
Mayor Bradley
Bill Murray
Martin Heiss
Annie Potts
Desk Clerk
Sigourney Weaver
Rebecca Gorin
Paul Feig
Director
Katie Dippold
Screenwriter
Paul Feig
Screenwriter
Paul Feig
Executive Producer
Jessie Henderson
Executive Producer
Dan Aykroyd
Executive Producer
Tom Pollock
Executive Producer
Joe Medjuck
Executive Producer
Ali Bell
Executive Producer
Michele Imperato
Executive Producer
Robert Yeoman
Cinematographer
Brent White
Film Editor
Theodore Shapiro
Original Music
Jefferson Sage
Production Design
Beat Frutiger
Art Director
Lorin Flemming
Art Director
Iain McFadyen
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  • Aug 25, 2019
    I didn't watch this for quite a while because I heard so many bad things about it. "What do they know?" I thought to myself. I figured Ghostbusters had already had a bad sequel I sort of enjoyed, a bad remake should be sort of enjoyable too. Besides, you just know that so many of the complaints were exclusively because the cast had been of the dreaded ~~fEmaLe VeRsiOn~~ variety. But I just watched it, and... Oh man you guys, this really did suck. I'm devastated.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2018
    The reboot to one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s does not fail because it has an all female main cast. It doesn't deliver the punches and the script has quite a few weaknesses. Wiig is great, Hemsworth pretty funny and McKinnon wonderfully odd, but McCarthy just doesn't have more to offer than the "fat lady getting thrown around a lot" trope. There are short appearances by the original cast and quite a few references to the old film without picking up its chronology, another mistake. The result is still fairly entertaining but actually could have worked despite of the nay-sayers, just with a better script and maybe a different talent or two.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2017
    Once again the remake train derails into another franchise with Ghostbusters, the 2016 comedy that seems to be made by people who have never seen the original film. The funny thing is that I now am filled with regret after seeing this overtly controversial film of this summer. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star as the title characters in this film about the paranormal invading New York City and the recently unemployed small business owners that are here to fight this new nuisance. A bell boy named Rowan (Neil Casey) is expanding ghost activity for some reason, coming to a climax with Times Square full of scares. (Times Scare? Slime Square?) The script is immature at best and bottom feeding at worst. A nice middle finger scene here, a crotch shot there, basic 13 year old humor like that which plays well to kids and the soft headed. The story is like falling from a tree with the plot hitting one branch, then another, then another, and never really landing anywhere to settle except the eventual land fill that this film feels destined for. I can't really say that the acting is bad. You're only as good as your script and we've already established the mess that road map is. The real issue with the main core of the cast is that there is little chemistry between the quartet. This is probably the biggest fault with Ghostbusters '16 especially compared to the chemistry that is exuded in the original film. Even the sequel felt more on point than this film and it shows. This is reason this film didn't click with viewers, too. I will admit that I was very pessimistic when it came to discussing this film and it wasn't because of the swapping of the sexes, though that felt like it was marketed as a gimmick. In all honesty, the film didn't look good from trailers and research that I did pre-release. Even if it didn't have the no ghost insignia stamped on its marketing this film would have been mediocre. This one had to stand up to one of the most beloved films of the last 30+ years. It feels rushed and thrown together into something for the mass quantities to consume instead of that special thing that was the original film. I'm not going to blame the cast because it feels like they actually believed in what they were doing- an honest retelling of a story that they grew up with, just like you and me. No, this is a failure on director Paul Feig's part. He delivers a soulless film that is just empty calories to be purged and forgotten in a day or two. An albatross on a decent career.
    Chris G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2016
    To me this was a pretty funny movie, it has a great cast. This is also some of the best 3D I have seen in a movie , pretty cool cinematography. I don't know how well it compares to the original cause I was not a big fan of those, but it is an okay stand alone film.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer

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