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Ghostbusters

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Paul Feig
  • 112 mins
  • 12A

Summary

When a series of supernatural disturbances occurs in New York City, two experts in the paranormal investigate, joined by a brilliant inventor who has created an array of ghost-hunting gadgets and a public transport worker whose knowledge of the city provides vital clues to the sinister cause of the ghostly activity. Reboot of the 1980s comedy franchise, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

A missed opportunity in every respect, director Paul Feig's reboot of the beloved 1984 comedy horror is a mess of misfiring humour, noisy thrills, bloated action, chaotic CGI and zero charm. This gender-reversed update sets itself too many nostalgic hurdles and fails to clear any as Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig (who both previously worked with Feig on Bridesmaids) along with Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones become the overly zany spook exterminators who must stop a crazed hotel janitor unleashing spectral mayhem on Manhattan. With a scattershot story barely hanging together and zipping from one frantic ghoulish escapade to the next, the four comedians fail to cohere as a believable unit and barely sustain even the most obvious comic clichés without falling back on their own signature schtick. The finale set in a Times Square shifted to the 1970s is just one of the hard to understand concepts utilised to desperately keep it apart from the revered original.

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Credits

Cast

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Abby YatesMelissa McCarthy
Erin GilbertKristen Wiig
Jillian HoltzmannKate McKinnon
Patty TolanLeslie Jones
Harold FilmoreCharles Dance
HawkinsMichael Kenneth Williams
Agent RorkeMatt Walsh
KevinChris Hemsworth
Mayor BradleyAndy Garcia
Phyllis AdlerElizabeth Perkins
Ed MulgraveEd Begley Jr
Rowan NorthNeil Casey
Rebecca GorinSigourney Weaver
CabbieDan Aykroyd
Desk clerkAnnie Potts
Uncle BillErnie Hudson
Martin HeissBill Murray
Famous rock starOzzy Osbourne

Crew

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DirectorPaul Feig

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2016-07-11
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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