Ghostbusters (2016) Monday, 13 July 2020

Ghostbusters (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild supernatural themes and coarse language; some scenes may scare young children.

  • The pitch:

    Ley lady ley.

  • Starring:

    Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Ed Begley Jr., Charles Dance, Steve Higgins, Andy Garcia, Cecily Strong

  • Directed by:

    Paul Feig

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man commits suicide (electrocution). Characters are slimed, burned, thrown through the air/against walls/out windows, punched, tackled, hit with/by objects, lassoed, hit by a train, pursued, throat-grabbed, dragged, slapped, blasted, trapped. Objects thrown, smashed, catapulted, kicked, crushed. Characters dangle precariously. A woman's head spins around. Reckless driving, a car collides with other vehicles/objects. Armed military personnel, tanks. Loud knocking sounds, mass panic. Ground cracking open, other-worldly portals, explosions, sparks, burning objects. Stealing. Roaring, screaming, yelling. Enslave elephants, anti-Irish fence, servants stabbed to death, daughter locked in basement, "I'm gonna kill you", you're gonna die, being bullied, terrorists, burn in hell, electrocuted people, massacres mentioned. Blood/gore: People are covered in slime. Man on stretcher. Human remains, people turned inside out (skin inside/organs outside) mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Bum-wiggling, flirting, provocative (bad) dancing. Drawing of ghost with large breasts. Photos of shirtless man (chiseled abs and ripped six-pack visible), cleavage. A creature is shot in the crotch area. Mild innuendo ("pull it out"). Nude mannequins. Stripper pole, strippergram, virginity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, beer; bar setting). Advertisements for beer, spirits seen. May have been drunk, on crack, Chinese gambling den, drugged with hallucinogens, AA meeting mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-word, a-word, butt, cr*p, p*ss, b*tches, frickin. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations (damn, OMG, hell). Obscene finger gestures. Jokes about race, gender, culture.

  • THEMES:

    Ghostbusting, the paranormal, scientists, haunted buildings, himbos, protonic reversal, human possession, heavy metal, ley lines, tenure, tour guides, remakes.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Job loss. Dead father/colleague mentioned. Lightning, thunder. Objects move/open/rattle by themselves. Ghostly apparitions with scary eyes (green/yellow/red or blue), decaying skin, exposed torsos/skeletons, long arms, sharpened teeth, pterodactyl wings. Ghostly figures/hands seen trapped behind glass, demonic drawings, giant balloon figures, bogeyman. Fart sound, belch, vomiting, spitting. Cat allergy, urine smell mentioned. Mid-credits vision, post-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Crowd-pleasing, funny, silly, confident, affectionate, ridiculous, hallucinatory, loose, subversive, witty, appealing, energetic, inventive, warm-hearted, nostalgic, spirited, entertaining, diverting, fresh, playful, goofy. Stellar cast, tremendous/warm/undeniable/easy chemistry between leads, scene-stealing performance by Chris Hemsworth, amusing in-jokes, slickly rendered visual effects, fan-pleasing cameos, crisp cinematography, solid score, touching tribute to Harold Ramis.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Ineffectual/forgettable villain, some messy CGI, effects-riddled/unwieldy third act, tries a little too hard to hat-tip the first film.

 

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