Ghostbusters II (1989)

“Suck in the guts, guys, we’re the Ghostbusters.”

Justin’s Rating: Beats any Barbara Walters interview, hands down.

Justin’s Review: It’s five years after the world-renowned Ghostbusters stopped a massive marshmallow man from crushing NYC. And what do they got to show for it? Ray and Winston are doing kids’ birthday parties, Venkman is the host of a cheesy psychic show, and Egon is… well, Egon. It seems that nobody needs the services of our heroes anymore, so they all get together for one final party and drink Kool-Aid laced with cyanide… WAITAMINUTE!

Note to self: never write reviews with a stuffy head and slight temperature. No, of course the big, bad ghosts return, and after the obligatory fight/capture sequence, the Ghostbusters are back in business. We even reunite with Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver) who has a baby, and Louis and Janine get together romantically.

It’s a classy movie that perhaps should never have been made. The first Ghostbusters was so large, unusual, and original that it practically carved out a genre of its own. Naturally, a sequel to this film would not reach expectations. But… I give it big points for trying.

For one thing, it’s not dull. There are more special effects, slightly better music, and a bad guy who makes a little more sense than the bad guy in the first movie. Bill Murray as Venkman is can’t-fail; his fake career, his reunion with the team, his re-romancing of Dana are all handled with typical Murray sarcasm, wisecracks, and off-the-wall observations. He comes out with the best quotes of the movie, yet again.

Happily, there are more ghost investigative scenes, with one slightly freaky underground expedition. In the final scene, at least the huge walking giant is on OUR side (although the “New Yorkers need to love” theme was kinda tired and trite).

If nothing else, Ghostbusters II will stand out because it is possibly the last film to be made with such SNL star talent as you will never see again. Murray, Ramis, Aykroyd, Moranis, Weaver — nowadays, you’re lucky to see just one of these people in a movie. Let us not condemn G2 for being substandard, but instead elate it for one last, great fling into entertainment history.

Andie’s Rating: 3 million and 1.

Andie’s Review: Originally, I liked this movie better than the original, but that was probably because I saw this one first. I realize now that the first one is better, but there are some scenes in the second that I think are more than worthy of the original and overall, it is a good sequel. Also, this one is just as quotable as the original.

I love Bill Murray’s continued antics and Peter MacNichol’s funny little art guy with a funny accent absolutely slays me every time. He is a huge addition to the sequel. Plus, I’d have to go with Vigo as the better villain. Some of the most noteworthy scenes in this one are the courtroom scene, the scene where Dana’s bathtub tries to eat her, and when the three guys come running into the fancy restaurant in their skivvies dripping with slime.

I am eagerly awaiting the third Ghostbusters that I’ve heard rumors about. I think they could really play up the fact that the Ghostbusters are getting a little old and the idea of training new Ghostbusters. This is another must-see on my contemporary comedies list.

PS: In defense of Winston, I thought he had more than one good line and I liked him. There had to be one guy who wasn’t a nerdy scientist or a funny man like Bill Murray.

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