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Ghostbusters [2016] (1 disc)

Director:Paul Feig
Writer:Katie Dippold
Paul Feig
Composer:Theodore Shapiro
Length:116 minutes
(1 hour 56 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:5.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

Reaction: It doesn't destroy my childhood, despite everyone's fears to the contrary. I think they would have done better to make this a distant sequel to the original two movies. It's not terrible, and there are several quite entertaining moments, but the 'reboot' direction immediately invites unfair comparison.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Paul Feig => Director / Writer
Katie Dippold => Writer / Rental Agent
Theodore Shapiro => Composer
Adam Ray => Lead Singer / Voice of Slimer
Al Roker => Al Roker
Andy Garcia => Mayor Bradley
Annie Potts => Desk Clerk
Bess Rous => Gertrude Aldridge Ghost
Bill Murray => Martin Heiss
Brian Baumgartner => Frank (uncredited)
Cecily Strong => Jennifer Lynch
Charles Dance => Harold Filmore
Chris Hemsworth => Kevin
Dan Aykroyd => Cabbie
Ed Begley Jr. => Ed Mulgrave
Elizabeth Perkins => Phyllis Adler
Ernie Hudson => Uncle Bill
Eugene Cordero => Bass Guitarist
Karan Soni => Bennie
Kate McKinnon => Jillian Holtzmann
Kristen Wiig => Erin Gilbert
Leslie Jones => Patty Tolan
Matt Walsh => Agent Rorke
Melissa McCarthy => Abby Yates
Michael Kenneth Williams => Agent Hawkins
Michael McDonald => Jonathan the Theater Manager
Milana Vayntrub => Subway Rat Woman
Neil Casey => Rowan North
Ozzy Osbourne => Famous Rock Star
Robin Shelby => Lady Slimer (voice)
Sigourney Weaver => Rebecca Gorin
Steve Higgins => Dean
Tom Yi => Flashed Man
Zach Woods => Tour Guide Garrett

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Although Harold Ramis could not make a cameo like his costars from the original Ghostbusters due to his death in 2014, you can see a bust of Harold just outside of Erin's university office near the beginning of the film.
  • At one point Erin proclaims: "Books can't fly and neither can babies". Both happened in the original Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.
  • Bill Murray's character Martin Heiss does not apparently die in the movie. In the movie tie-in book, "Ghosts from Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal", Heiss writes a foreword and states that the Ghostbusters are not frauds and had he believed them, he wouldn't have suffered large medical bills as a result of being knocked out of the window by a ghost.
  • The role of Patty Tolan, played by Leslie Jones was originally written for Melissa McCarthy. Paul Feig realized that Melissa McCarthy had played similar characters in his previous films, explaining "I wanted to unleash Leslie on the public in the same way we unleashed Melissa on the public in Bridesmaids, with a very showy role."
  • Jason Reitman, son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman, was asked in an interview if he would consider directing the reboot. Reitman joked that, based on his existing work, his version of the film would just be people talking about ghosts.
  • The movie is dedicated to Harold Ramis, as mentioned in the final credits.
  • When Erin Gilbert is giving her presentation of Quantum Physics, she writes equations on a board, one of which spells out the equation [Pa/RA(NO+RM)alS+UD1ies/Lab]com, if typing in this formula on Google you will be redirected to the official Ghostbusters website, an Easter egg present in the film.
  • In an interview with 'Den of Geek', Paul Feig revealed that the first cut of the movie was 4 hours and 15 minutes long.
  • Holtzman calls Pringles potato chips "salty parabolas". The shape of a Pringles potato chip really is a hyperbolic paraboloid or a saddle surface.
  • When possessed Kevin shows the Ghostbusters the glory days of New York City and summons ghosts, there's an advertisement saying "That's a big" and showing a Twinkie, a reference to Spengler's 35 feet long and 600 pounds Twinkie metaphor in the original Ghostbusters.
  • Emma Stone turned down an offer to star in the movie. She stated that while she liked the script, she did not want to commit to another potential series so soon after appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
  • Eliza Dushku was floated around as one of the members of the team with her name cropping up in some early credits works and the actress herself even dressing as a Ghostbuster for Halloween.
  • Holtzmann's hairstyle and glasses resemble her counterpart Egon from [Slimer! And the Real Ghostbusters].
  • When the Ghostbusters open the container with the ghost for Dr. Martin Heiss, he jokingly calls the ghost "Casper" in reference to the children's cartoon character "Casper, the friendly ghost". The creators of Ghostbusters were sued by the owners of the [Casper] properties for $50 million plus the destruction of the film prints, because their logo looked too similar to their character "Fatso", a member of "The Ghostly Trio". But in 1986 the case was ruled in favor of Ghostbusters. Nevertheless the live-action adaptation of Casper featured a cameo of Dan Aykroyd as Ghostbuster Ray Stantz.
  • The studio had long wanted to make Ghostbusters 3 for many years. When Dan Aykroyd was asked many times about the third film, his answer was always yes on condition that if all the principle Ghostbusters cast members including Ivan Reitman who directed the first two films return. The only main problem according to the main players was Bill Murray himself who shows lack of interest in reprising the role of Peter Venkman. However, the cast did reprise their roles in the 2009 video game, which is unofficially considered the third film that takes place two years after the events of Ghostbusters II. According to Reitman, when he met Murray in 2011, Murray already had shown loss of interest when the subject was brought up although there was no script at that time. The passing of Harold Ramis in early 2014 was the final straw that two weeks after that Reitman announced that he didn't want to direct it, resulting in Ghostbusters 3 being canned.
  • Original cast members - Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Sigourney Weaver and even Harold Ramis all have cameos in the movie. Early on in the movie version of Ramis can be seen in the form of a bronze bust in the hallway outside Kristen Wiig's office. Aykroyd confirmed a cameo appearance on his Facebook and Twitter pages, although the post was later deleted. Hudson and Weaver's cameos were confirmed by director Paul Feig on Twitter, after the first two cameos leaked to the press. Rick Moranis, who has long since retired from acting, was also offered a chance to cameo, but declined.
  • Anna Faris, Alyssa Milano, and Eliza Dushku were rumored or mentioned by Dan Aykroyd as potential female Ghostbusters, before the project was a reboot.
  • In early pre-production, Anne Hathaway was reportedly considered for a role. The role was supposedly a doctor named Anna.
  • Jennifer Lawrence and Rebel Wilson were considered by director Paul Feig for roles in the movie.