Reviewed by: Evan Land
Starring: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, William Atherton, Ernie Hudson | Director: Ivan Reitman | Producers: Ivan Reitman, Bernie Brillstein, Michael C. Gross, Joe Medjuck | Screenwriters: Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis | Released By: Columbia
Sequel: “Ghostbusters” (2016)
This movie takes place in the beautiful city of New York. Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis just got fired from their nice job at a University where they were teaching a course on “Paranormal Psychology.” Now they have to find out what they’re going to do for a living. So they open up their business of catching ghosts; there seem to be a lot of them in New York. The business is about to go broke, until Sigourney Weaver hires them to find out what are all of these strange things that are going on in her apartment.
Content Warnings: Bill Murray tries to date Sigourney Weaver, and Weaver keeps on saying “no” throughout the picture, until towards the end of the movie where Weaver becomes possessed by a demon and tries to make love to Murray’s character. Murray answers Weaver’s request in a joking manner. Rick Moranis is the stereotypical next door neighbor who also happens to like Weaver (incidentally, Moranis is also possessed by a demon). Another big problem I had with this film was that they made a green ghost named Slimer look cute.
Although I wouldn’t recommend this movie for any Christians, there are some good qualities that are portrayed in this movie. One of them is that Dan Aykroyd’s character (who never met G-d) quoted the book of Matthew. Another good quality of this movie is that Winston (Ernie Hudson), who is one of the people who hunts ghosts, says he loves “Jesus’ style.” There is even mention of some of the pagan gods that were worshiped in Sumeria. The other positive aspect about this movie is that it shows what can happen when you are demon possessed.
Followed by: “Ghostbusters II” (1989) and various spinoffs, TV series and cartoons