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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.



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Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters. Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today--Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth. This summer, they're here to save the world!

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Melissa McCarthy
as Abby Yates
Kristen Wiig
as Erin Gilbert
Kate McKinnon
as Jillian Holtzmann
Leslie Jones
as Patty Tolan
Charles Dance
as Harold Filmore
Matt Walsh
as Rourke
Sigourney Weaver
as Rebecca Gorin
Andy Garcia
as Mayor Bradley
Bill Murray
as Martin Heiss
Cecily Strong
as Jennifer Lynch
Ernie Hudson
as Uncle Bill
Zach Woods
as Tour Guide
Karan Soni
as Bennie
Ed Begley Jr.
as Ed Mulgrave
John Milhiser
as Higgins Student
Ben Harris
as Higgins Student
Bess Rous
as Gertrude Aldridge Ghost
Neil Casey
as Rowan North
Dave Allen
as Electrocuted Ghost
Katie Dippold
as Rental Agent
Daniel Ramis
as Metal Head
Pat Kiernan
as NY1 News Anchor #1
Michael McDonald
as Jonathan The Theater Manager
Jaime Pacheco
as Fernando the Janitor
Eugene Cordero
as Bass Guitarist
Ryan Levine
as Rock Guitarist
Theodore Shapiro
as Keyboardist
Davey Jones
as Ely The Drummer
Matteo Borghese
as Lightboard Operator
Ozzy Osbourne
as Famous Rock Star
Jeanine Ramirez
as Reporter Outside Theater
Jamie Denbo
as Waitress
Toby Huss
as Officer Stevenson
Annie Potts
as Desk Clerk
Cheryl Wills
as NY1 News Anchor #2
Sam Richardson
as Basement Cop
Steve Bannos
as Flasher Ghost
Tom Yi
as Flashed Man
Susan Park
as Flashed Woman
Milana Vayntrub
as Subway Rat Woman
Adam Ray
as Voice of Slimer
Anthony Viveiros
as Police Officer
Stephen 'tWitch' Boss
as Police Officer
Rosanna Scotto
as Fox 5 News Anchor
Adam Ray
as Voice of Slimer
Greg Kelly
as Fox 5 News Anchor
Al Roker
as As Himself
Dan Teicher
as Rock Guitarist
Robin Shelby
as Voice of Lady Slimer
Johnny Higgins
as Baba Booey Shouter
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters

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Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters

  • 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
  • Oct 23, 2016
    I really wasn't looking forward to this review in the slightest. In fact, I was loathing this review. There's one reason for that and that is the fact that you cannot review this movie without talking about the backlash it suffered from fans of the original movie, which is one of the stupidest backlash to any films I have ever seen. I don't think there's been a backlash for a movie that hadn't actually been released, at the time, as this one. It was fucking massive and people were actually hoping for it to fail at the box office, they wanted it to be a terrible movie and they also decided to boycott it as if it was something that they had to take a moral stance on. These people decided that they wanted to take a stupid movie about ghost hunters seriously. And what I mean by stupid is the fact that the concept of the film is silly and not meant to be taken seriously at all. Some people even wanted to talk about the lore of Ghostbusters as to why this remake was an abomination. Seriously. Lore. For FUCKING GHOSTBUSTERS. Like this was Game of Thrones, which has a large and rich backstory replete with complex characters. I think nostalgia was very important to these people and they remember Ghostbusters from their childhood. I'll be honest, I did enjoy the original movie, no doubt about it, but I didn't feel like it was a masterpiece, like many have proclaimed it is. Age just hasn't been kind to the movie. I'm sorry, but that's just the way I felt. And, I know this will be blasphemous to fans of the original, but I felt that this was about on the same level as the original, from an overall quality standpoint. The original was consistently funnier than this one, for sure, but both movies are equally enjoyable, at least to me. Look, I have no problem if you gave the remake a fair shot and then you didn't end up liking it. There were people that were supportive of this that didn't end up liking it. What shouldn't be tolerated is people who refuse to watch the film, throwing out opinions as if they actually watched it or have any knowledge of the content within it. Either that or people who attack the cast for their physical appearance, Milo Y (human garbage), as an example, who got banned off Twitter for harassing Leslie Jones and making fun of her appearance. If you have problems with the film, they shouldn't be directed at the leads, because they really are the best part of the film. All the women in this film are funny, their chemistry is really strong and they make the film better than it should be, realistically speaking. Kate McKinnon really needs to be a major player in comedy films for years to come. She is tremendous. I thought Paul Feig was the best person to head up this film, but there's no denying that this is a bit of a comedown from his previous movie, Spy, which I felt was excellent. I think it's the fact that he had to follow a guideline, since this film, thematically speaking, hits a lot of the same notes as the original movie. Maybe they were forced to work within that framework and that's why the film doesn't really push the envelope as much as it could. I still think Paul and Kate Dippold did a good job with this world and they added in their little touches to, at the very least, try to differentiate it from the original movie. It's not differentiated that much, but it still has its own unique little touches. I was a big fan of the third act, when all of the ghosts are released into New York. It's definitely more action-heavy than I would have anticipated, but I liked it. They had a lot of fun ideas as to what to do with the ghosts in this segment and they made it work. The movie isn't perfect, obviously. It's not as consistently funny as it probably should have been, but that's all a matter of perspective I guess. Some people, coming in with an unbiased viewpoint, will find this to be the unfunniest film of the year and others will find it to be the funniest. I don't see what either of those people see, I fall somewhere in the middle. It's not hilarious, but it is a pretty good little summer flick. It's got a great cast who are all clearly having a blast doing what they're doing, a quick pace and a fun tone. For those who hated the film before they even saw one trailer, this clearly won't convince you of anything. Particularly if you're a fanboy that refuses to see how age hasn't been kind to the original movie. But, if you think that this is more of an abomination to the Ghostbusters franchise than Ghostbusters 2, a worse film than both the original and the remake, then I don't know what to tell you. You probably like Grown Ups 2 as well and if that is the case, then you're not the type of person I want to know. I thought this was a fun movie and I don't give a fuck if the fanboys don't like that.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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