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Um, oh yes, who should you call?
Member Name: dave27
Date: 01/07/02, updated on 01/07/02 (64 review reads)
Advantages: FunnyEminently watchable
Disadvantages: Hasn't aged too well
...well, forget the English stiff upper lip and shout it out ... "DUH, WHO YA GONNA CALL?" Thick pig Yank belly laughs abound as we answer incomprehendingly "GHOSTBUSTERS".
The Bill Murray-Dan Aykroyd axis always delivered when it mattered and their partnership with Harold Ramis on the 1984 mega hit Ghostbusters certainly struck gold in a big way.
"Who ya gonna call?" became a huge catchphrase that summer and is still irritatingly catchy nearly two decades on.
Murray plays Dr Peter Venkman, Aykroyd is Ray Stanz and Ramis is Egon Spengler. When their university downsizes they are booted out and form a ghosthunting outfit which soon happens on all manner of eerie paranormal events in New York City.
One of their clients is Dana (played by Sigourney Weaver) whom Venkman falls for and it's her little haunting that forms the basis of the whole lovely enterprise.
Really any dissection of the plot is pretty irrelevant because the whole thing is conceived mainly as a vehicle for Murray and Aykroyd to demonstrate how funny and uncool they can be with their Saturday Night Live offshoot humour.
Aykroyd and Ramis wrote the piece and Ivan Reitman acted as director and producer on what turned out to be one of the biggest grossing box office smashes of all time, and gloriously addictive from first moments to last.
Murray and Aykroyd hog the vast majority of screen time and laughs, although the film also gives an early chance to Rick Moranis as the geeky accountant.
It's sublimely stupid and avowedly dumb stuff with the unlikeliest of superheroes (without powers apart from their brains and their wits) to save the world from all things green and slimy.
Bill Murray can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned and this is probably the best of his films so you can guess my opinion. Correct - I LOVE IT.
It's a long time since it came out but it's
one of the few films which you really can watch again and again and again and as you know you certainly get the chance to do so on Sky - but that's another subject.
The sequel was nowhere near as good as this (there's a surprise) but it certainly had a lot to live up to.
Murray stole the honours but he was certainly supported well by the others and they turned out a great team effort. It veers just this side of being too off the wall, although the marshmallow man is pretty damn close, if you ask me.
It's got an ace soundtrack too and I don't think there's any doubt that this is one to remember - don't miss it.
It ain't easy to write a review which really does Ghostbusters full justice, so I won't try - instead I'll just promise you 107 minutes of top class fun and entertainment - American comedy and wit as it actually can be when it's doing without the canned laughter and kidding itself that it's the funniest stuff on the planet.