Ghostbusters (2016)

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Ghostbusters

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Who you gonna call? Anyone else but them...
Genre: Supernatural
Comedy
Directed By: Paul Feig
Produced By: Ivan Reitman
Amy Pascal
Written By: Katie Dippold
Paul Feig
Based On: Ghostbusters by Ivan Reitman
Dan Aykroyd
Harold Ramis
Starring: Melissa McCarthy
Kristen Wiig
Kate McKinnon
Leslie Jones
Charles Dance
Michael Kenneth Williams
Chris Hemsworth
Cinematography: Robert Yeoman
Distributed By: Sony Pictures Releasing
Release Date: July 9, 2016 (TCL Chinese Theatre)
July 15, 2016 (United States)
Runtime: 116 minutes
134 minutes (Extended version)
Country: United States
Australia
Language: English
Budget: $144 million
Box Office: $229.1 million
Franchise: Ghostbusters
Sequel: Untitled Ghostbusters sequel (cancelled)


"There are people out there who like to pay people to shit in their face, but just because someone else likes to be shit in the face, doesn't mean that I have to like being shit in the face.
And that's the beauty of living in a free country, that some of us can be shit in the face, and be content, and that others can be shit in the face, and not be, and I was not content with this face-shitting.
I hope you don't hold it against me the way I don't hold it against you, but I do not like being shit in the face.
And that's what this film Ghostbusters 2016 reboot was. A gigantic shit in the face.
"

JLongbone

Ghostbusters (later marketed as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call) is a 2016 American supernatural action comedy film and reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise and the 1984 classic film of the same name, as well as the third film, overall, in the franchise. Directed by Paul Feig and written by Katie Dippold and Feig, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. The film premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on July 9, 2016 and was released in the United States on July 15, 2016, by Columbia Pictures.

At the time of its release, it received positive reviews from critics. However, was panned by the fans and audiences alike, criticizing its political agenda and its SJW content. The film failed at the box office. Ghostbusters is widely considered to be one of the worst reboots of all time, forcing Sony to cancel any sequels for the rebooted Ghostbusters series and eventually opting to continue with the original Ghostbusters series instead with Afterlife, which is scheduled to be released on June 11, 2021.

Plot

Paranormal researcher Abby Yates 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.

Why It Sucks

  1. Despite the film being a reboot and having improvements that weren't shown in the original film, this film is almost a complete rehash of the original Ghostbusters.
  2. Mediocre to unlikable characters.
    • The main characters are portrayed as completely obnoxious and lack the chemistry and charisma the original Ghostbusters had in the original 1984 film and its sequel; for example, at one point the new team steal the equipment needed to build the Proton packs instead of building them from scratch.
    • Kevin (Chris Hemsworth's character) is an annoying comic relief character.
    • Rowan North is a lame antagonist and doesn't come off as scary even when in his ghost form.
    • Overall, it seems as if the casting choices were made solely for the sake of having a female-led cast.
  3. Weak writing and acting mixed with tons of pointless pop culture references to better films and TV series (eg. various Patrick Swayze films, The Wizard of Oz, Jaws, etc.)
  4. Mediocre special effects, especially for the green screen effects for the ghosts.
  5. Forced political agendas that make the movie blatantly misandrist, where the female characters are considered strong and smart while the male characters are considered weak, dumb and idiotic.
  6. A variety of unfunny, juvenile humor is featured in this film, ranging from toilet humor to sex jokes. Another piece of humor that fails is the running gag of Abby whining about wontons.
  7. Blatant product placement (e.g. Pringles, Papa John's Pizza, and Coca-Cola).
  8. False advertising: In the trailer, the announcement text mentions the original Ghostbusters, but this film has no connections to the original films. Another misleading header is that despite the film being titled Ghostbusters, the team only busts one ghost and in the climax, the Ghostbusters shred ghosts and are somehow able to kill them.
    • The film was also advertised as a letterbox film, but the green screen effects on the ghosts were put in 16:9 widescreen. There is even an entire scene in the 16:9 widescreen format, in a film that is supposed to be in the 2:35.1 aspect ratio.
  9. It features too many unnecessary dancing scenes (as pointed out in RedLetterMedia's review) and those scenes get even worse in the extended cut that make them longer than one or two minutes.
  10. The film even has the audacity to take shots at its detractors, which comes off as immature, disrespectful and abrasive, with there being one scene where the new Ghostbusters see a comment on YouTube that reads, "Ain't no b*tches gonna hunt no ghosts".
    • That being said, the film's director (and co-writer), Paul Feig also acted rather abrasive towards criticism of the film by accusing the detractors of his film of being misogynists and labeling fans of the original films as trolls; he also showed support for Jones and criticized Twitter's handling of the situation. Feig tweeted: "F*ck the haters. And haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you've crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone."
  11. The ghosts look like a poor man's version of the ones from either The Haunted Mansion or the live-action Scooby-Doo films.
    • The ghost balloons also look too similar the Joker's balloons in BatmanGMW.
      • The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man looks ridiculous as a balloon.
  12. While the theme song covered by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott is somewhat catchy, it was panned due to its use of pop-rock and rap that doesn't match the tone for the film.
  13. The film overall feels more like a bad Saturday Night Live skit.
  14. Pointless cameo appearances by the original cast, but not as their characters.
  15. The infamous scene where the main characters shoot Rowan, in his giant ghost form... right in the groin.
  16. This film started the trend of SJW and radical feminism propaganda films that escalated after the #MeToo movement started a year later.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Much of the original cast (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts) make cameo appearances, despite them being pointless.
  2. Even through theme song was panned, there is at least a decent soundtrack by Theodore Shapiro.
    • In particular, the updated theme song by Ray Parker Jr. is also decent.
  3. A lot of good designs for the ghosts.
  4. The action scenes are, surprisingly, more impressive than the original. The 1984 film had decent enough effects, but it was mainly them standing around and pointing their proton packs. In contrast to the original Ghostbusters, the new Ghostbusters do flips, slides, punch ghosts and even whip the ghosts into somersaults.
  5. The scene at the end where Erin saves Abby from Rowan’s grasp within the portal is admittedly pretty awesome.
  6. The scene when Martin Heiss (Bill Murray's character) informs the new Ghostbusters that, "You only lack the proper equipment like a garbage truck to hang onto the back of," was accurate. After all, their uniforms do look like garbage collecting-uniforms.

Controversy

When Sony announced that all four of the Ghostbusters were going to be female, the announcement sparked a big controversy. After the teaser poster of four characters was released, it received overwhelming criticism for fans and audiences alike. When the original trailer for the film was released on March 3, 2016, it got tons of dislikes and as of right now, it is currently the 19th most disliked YouTube video with 78.04% dislikes. It is important to note that although there were certainly some genuinely sexist people, a large fraction of these dislikes came from either being disappointed by the trailer's quality or feeling like the new additions were not loyal to the original film. In response to the negative reactions towards the trailer, Paul Feig accused haters of the film of being misogynistic towards the cast.

Reception

Critical and audience response

Despite getting lambasted by fans and audiences alike, Ghostbusters received positive reviews from critics with praise for the cast, direction, humor and visuals, but criticism for the script and visual effects on the ghosts. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Ghostbusters has an approval rating of 74%, based on 384 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "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.". On Metacritic, the film has a Metascore of 60 based on 52 critics and received mostly negative reviews from fans and audiences alike. The user score on Metacritic is a 2.9/10. However, on IMDb and Letterboxd, the film received a score of 6.5/10 and 2.5/5. Film critic Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film with a "D-", a one-star rating and described the film as "a horror from start to finish." [1]

Box office

Ghostbusters opened up at #2 on its opening weekend with a domestic gross of $46 million. In foreign markets, it grossed a total of $100,796,935[2]. Following the #2 opening, the film later dropped down to #5 in week three, then to #7 in week three and at week four it dropped to #9. The film bombed at the box office after getting a box office return of only $128.3 million in the U.S. against its $144 million budget and overall, the film made $229 million worldwide. [3] Sony, which distributed the film, spent over $100 million on marketing and lost at least $70 to $75 million following the film's poor performance at the box office.[4] The film contributed to the $1 billion write-downs of the value of Sony Pictures in January 2017.

Future sequel or sequels?

Sony announced that if the film was a hit, there would be sequels. Due to the poor box office results, however, Sony decided to cancel further sequels to the reboot. Despite the cancellation of the sequel, Feig stated in an interview that he still expresses interest in making a sequel.[5]

On January 15, 2019, Sony announced that Ghostbusters: Afterlife (or Ghostbusters III) is finally going to be released on March 5, 2021, and as a result, the rebooted Ghostbusters franchise was officially rendered dead and became non-canon to the franchise. Shortly after the announcement, Smooth Jazz Waluigis and actress Leslie Jones criticized the third Ghostbusters film, claiming it's "sexist" to refuse to acknowledge the reboot, though Jones eventually praised the approach.

One year later

On June 4, 2017, almost a year after the film was released, Dan Aykroyd spoke out against Paul Feig in an interview and said that he had skipped key scenes from the film assuming they weren't needed and required $30 to $40 million worth of reshoots when test screenings showed they were indeed needed. He later stated that Paul "will not be back on the Sony lot any time soon." [6] In April of the same year, Paul Feig issued an apology on feeding Internet trolls.[7]

In November, Feig expressed regret about the negative impact Ghostbusters had on the public and stated, "I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause. I think for some of our audience, they were like, 'What the f*ck? We don't wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a f*ckin' movie'"; at the same time, he is still satisfied with his work on the film and continues to defend it, explaining "It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn't do better, 'cause I really loved it. It's not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people."

Trivia

  • Bill Murray didn't want to return in the original version of this film unless his character was killed off.
  • Rick Moranis was the only original cast member that refused to appear in the 2009 video game, the cancelled third film, as well as this film since he retired from acting many years earlier.
  • The film wasn't screened in China because films involving ghosts are not permitted by the strict Chinese codes on film content.
  • A bust of Harold Ramis is seen in the film.
  • Before the film was made, Amy Pascal, the co-chairman of Sony at the time of the Sony Hack of 2014 asked Paul Feig to make the film, but he declined the offer numerous times.
  • Co-writer Katie Dippold stated that Sony disliked the film in an interview.[8]
  • The plot was leaked due to the Sony Pictures hack of 2014.
  • Paul Feig reportedly had a meltdown on set while making the film.
  • The film made an appearance in LEGO Dimensions.
    • In fact, once completing the Ghostbusters Story Pack levels, you can access the Ghostbusters World by using Peter Venkman, Stay Puft and Slimer from the classic Ghostbusters film.
      • The same works in reverse being able to access the classic Ghostbusters World by using Abby Yates.

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Comments


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AlreadyInUse

18 months ago
Score -17
It's not THAT bad in my opinion.
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TheInterneto

17 months ago
Score 14
Just the political agendas offended people, mainly.
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Spongebuff1991

12 months ago
Score 2
If you like it, more power to you.
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EijiZeBoi

9 months ago
Score 4
Does this comment really deserve downvotes?
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score -7
Downvotes are obviously sexists.
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Backman

16 months ago
Score 5
The way some of those who worked on this film has made me refuse to watch it.
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Spongebuff1991

16 months ago
Score 6
I refuse to see it as well.
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ItMeansNothing

15 months ago
Score 13
This film is actually so stupid, it's funny as hell.
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DJ2006

15 months ago
Score 6
Like what you think of Infinity War?
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Drcynic22

15 months ago
Score 6
I saw it. It was just a bad movie. If it was anything other than a Ghostbusters movie, it would still have been a bad movie. I thought Hemsworth was very good in it and Leslie Jones made me chuckle a couple of times, but overall, it was just not good.
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Spongebuff1991

15 months ago
Score 14
I give a clap to Rick Moranis for refusing to make an appearance in the film.
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EijiZeBoi

14 months ago
Score 10

:)

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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 0
XD that video was funny as hell
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The Autistic Raccoon

6 months ago
Score 0
This is the most beautiful thing I've heard in my life.
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PhantomVulture

14 months ago
Score 4
I always thought that Extreme Ghostbusters was bad enough, but this, this is just a disgrace to a legendary franchise.
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Stephenfisher2001

14 months ago
Score 8

And we still got nine months away from Ghostbusters III.

Screw the reboot. Ghostbusters (2016) Otherwise, The fake Ghostbusters III.
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SkyBlueYoshi

14 months ago
Score 4

An all Female Ghostbusters..... Why Though

Made worse is the fact that they're an all female cast is the only defining character trait they have

So in other words its diversity first and character second
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Masson Thief

13 months ago
Score 2
A common problem nowadays.
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Le0ne 82,651

3 months ago
Score 1
Every single movie in the past decade that has tried to have a bit of feminism in it have all failed miserably. So why do they keep doing it?
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Blubabluba9990

28 days ago
Score 0
What’s wrong with diversity?
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Trevor807

27 days ago
Score 0
Diversity itself isn't inherently bad, as long as it's done right. Doing it to push a political agenda, on the other hand...
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Animdude64

13 months ago
Score 5
As if the film wasn't controversial enough, my stepdad really think this movie is tied into the original series. Even when the Afterlife trailer came out, I keep telling him that this is the 3rd film in the franchise, but not the 3rd in the timeline. He just refuses to listen and believes I'm usually my "flawed logic". My stepdad clearly doesn't know the differences between a sequel and a remake. He doesn't even wanna learn the differences between the two. Bottom line, criticism does not equal sexism.
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Masson Thief

13 months ago
Score 2
Of course not, but this fallacious reasoning has been used to counter criticism against the movie.
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Stephenfisher2001

13 months ago
Score 8
Ghostbusters II is actually better than this. :)
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Spongebuff1991

13 months ago
Score 6
Agreed!
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 6
Even though Ghostbusters II wasn't well-received by critics, Ghostbusters II will always still be better than the 2016 one. :)
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AttackerAngel85

one month ago
Score 0
I think every Ghostbusters thing has been better than this
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PhantomVulture

13 months ago
Score 1
Me too.
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Glitchedblood

10 months ago
Score 2
When will the actual 3 come out?
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FreezingTNT

10 months ago
Score 0
In a few months.
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Spongebuff1991

9 months ago
Score 2
It has been postponed now.
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EijiZeBoi

9 months ago
Score 8

Ghostbusters 2016 is the best anime!

*waits for downvotes*
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ACoolBlaze5

7 months ago
Score 2

To everyone who downvoted:














r/whoosh
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EijiZeBoi

7 months ago
Score 10

Ghostbusters 2016 is a MASTEEPIECE OF AN ANIME!!! The pacing is not too slow, but not too fast. The action sequences are AWESOME. I LOVED all the anime fight sequences with Izuku Midoriya and Bakugo plummetting the ghosts with their Quirks with the help of the Ghostbusters team. All the characters are well-written and I almost thought Midoriya and the female Ghostbusters team were real. The comedy easily rivals Monty Python and Looney Tunes by a long shot. The animation is so good that it makes movies from Disney and Studio Ghibli look like trash!!! No anime can top Ghostbusters 2016's animation. It's way better than the trash known as the 1984 Ghostbusters and its shitty-ass sequel. All those anime such as Cory In The House, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Shrek, Spirited Away, Naruto Shippuden, Sonic X, or any other good anime combined still can NEVER beat this anime. Thank you Paul Feig for helping to make this anime come to life.

1000000/10

It's that amazing
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HellLord

7 months ago
Score 1
Nice joke mate :)
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EijiZeBoi

7 months ago
Score 4
Whoever downvoted my comment, look up the definition of a joke.
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Le0ne 82,651

3 months ago
Score 1
I don't know how to respond to this.
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Athaggard160

6 months ago
Score 2
That was literally the dumbest Ghostbusters movie I ever heard of.
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Stephenfisher2001

6 months ago
Score 4
Ghostbusters (2016) is the most extremely overrated reboot film ever. Right Spongebuff1991? ;)
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Spongebuff1991

6 months ago
Score 4
I agree with you, Stephen.
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Spongebuff1991

5 months ago
Score 2
To add to that, I am grateful that Dan Aykroyd told about Paul Feig's behavior on live television and that smile he had on his face when the interview was over.
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Stephenfisher2001

5 months ago
Score 4
And I'm happy that Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times criticized the 2016's Ghostbusters reboot too! 🙂
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Spongebuff1991

5 months ago
Score 0
Right on, Stephen. I admire Richard Roeper a lot.
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Tony Li

5 months ago
Score 0
All males became females in this movie...
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LancedSoul

5 months ago
Score 4
Like Men in Black: International, this is easily one of the worst of Ghostbusters movies, It can even go to hell like Men in Black: International.
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BluePenguin28

5 months ago
Score 1

Why lego include this movie in Dimensions?

Shrek it's a million times better franchise in that game.
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The Autistic Raccoon

4 months ago
Score 0
The Lego Dimensions pack, along with the junior novelization and the Little Golden Book adaptations were better than the actual movie itself.
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MrWhoIsMe

5 months ago
Score -6
Behold! The movie that killed the Ghostbusters franchise!
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Stephenfisher2001

5 months ago
Score 6
That is not true.
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DJ2006

one month ago
Score 2
That's right. Afterlife (a sequel to the original films that ignores 2016) is being made.
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HammerBro101

4 months ago
Score 2
The main problem with most reboots is that they do next to nothing to stand out from the original movies.
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LancedSoul

4 months ago
Score 4
No.
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Le0ne 82,651

3 months ago
Score 0
NOOOOOO
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Robertoiglesias271

2 months ago
Score 0
oh ok :(
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AttackerAngel85

one month ago
Score -1
No, its an abomination
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LancedSoul

4 months ago
Score 6

Why did this film got overshadowed Star Trek Beyond? Star Trek Beyond deserve better than this.

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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 2
Because we all stan the much superior anime Ghostbusters 2016.
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HellLord

4 months ago
Score 0
Beyond The Space And Plots, We have it all ^_^
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EijiZeBoi

4 months ago
Score 0
This movie is an anime, people. It's just that the animation looks hyper-realistic, meaning people will confuse it as live-action.
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The Autistic Raccoon

4 months ago
Score 0
You know your film is bad when the junior novelization and the Little Golden Book adaptations, WHICH ARE TONED DOWN FOR FREAKING CHILDREN, are considered better than the actual film.
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Robertoiglesias271

3 months ago
Score 0

Feig tweeted: "F*ck the haters. And haters, attack me all you want but when you attack and insult my cast, you've crossed the line. Grow up and leave my cast alone."

How is that a bad thing? Feig is just saying that they shouldn't attack the cast, which is a fair point.

To be honest, I think the film is ok.
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HellLord

3 months ago
Score 1
The reason why the tweet is a bad thing is that it shows that Paul Feig can’t take criticism....
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Robertoiglesias271

2 months ago
Score 0
I think that he's just trying to defend his cast from being harassed by people. Idk.
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AttackerAngel85

one month ago
Score -1
Except that him and his cast were the ones doing the attacking.
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Blubabluba9990

28 days ago
Score 2
Harassment is never okay, period.
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Robertoiglesias271

14 days ago
Score 0
Yeah, Feig could've handled it better
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Le0ne 82,651

3 months ago
Score 1
Once I saw the "BOOYAH!EMPHASIS ON THE BOO" poster, I knew this was not going to be good.
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LancedSoul

3 months ago
Score 8

Behold, my brand new meme!

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EijiZeBoi

28 days ago
Score 2
Not funny, didn't laugh
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DatCoolRedstoneGuy Est. 2004

3 months ago
Score 2
The Ghostbusters franchise deserves better
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Robertoiglesias271

2 months ago
Score 2

I decided to rewatch this and, I gotta be honest, I think it's not that bad. Some humor, annoying feminism, and rehashed elements do dampen the film, but overall I think it's decent. 6/10

Also it's fine if you don't like this film, it's just a harmless variety of interesting opinions, which I actually appreciate.

Now Charlie's Angels on the other hand...
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Stephenfisher2001

2 months ago
Score 2
Bad news guys, Afterlife is delayed again to June 11, 2021. :(
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Robertoiglesias271

2 months ago
Score 0
That sucks. RIP theaters :(
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DJ2006

one month ago
Score 2
Hopefully Afterlife will redeem the franchise.
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

2 months ago
Score 0
I don’t like this but I do like the lego dimensions packs. That is literally the only good thing about this movie.
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GriffinMario95

2 months ago
Score 0
Agree, the movie Is bad but i gas the Dimensions pack because i want all the Ghostbusters characters in this game, same as Teen Titans Go, the show Is bad but i had the packs because i want all the DC characters in the game
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Burger

2 months ago
Score 0
The controversy on this movie was REALLY sexist.
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SomewhatKingly

one month ago
Score 0
too tru
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AnonymousCrusader

2 months ago
Score 2
This film started the trend of Radical Feminism propaganda films that carried over the late 2010s and early 2020s.
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EijiZeBoi

one month ago
Score 4

This anime is so good it makes the original Ghostbusters look like a dumpster fire in comparison.

LONG LIVE GHOSTBUSTERS 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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EijiZeBoi

28 days ago
Score 0

Whoever downvoted my comment:







r/woooosh
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Portrock1566

28 days ago
Score 0
Goddammit Receptionspergs.
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Le0ne 82,651

one month ago
Score 0
It's strange how movies with feminist subplots keep showing up, despite these movies usually being either controversial, bad, or both.
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Robertoiglesias271

14 days ago
Score 0
Honestly this film makes me want to hang out with Kate McKinnon.
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Starshade353

12 days ago
Score 0
this Movie and the Charlie's angels reboot give shows and movies with female leads a bad name.

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