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1984

Bill Murray as Peter Venkman
Dan Akroyd as Ray Stantz
Harold Ramis as Egon Spengler
Sigourney Weaver as Dana Barrett
Directed by Ivan Reitman

Synopsis: The scientific trio is struck out at the university. Unemployed, they decide on a startup company: “paranormal investigation and elimination”. Due to the coming apocalypse (isn’t there always an apocalypse in these crazy flicks?), there’s a lot of need for getting rid of ghosts. They have some rough times, meet a hot chick who’s got supernatural issues in her fridge, get famous, then have to do battle with Gozer the Gozerian in order to save the planet. When needs arise, who YOU gonna call?

Amazing. Classic. Written by Akroyd and Ramis and, after a few years, welded to the surface of film history. Apparently (and also evidently, if you pay attention), much of the dialogue was improvised. Some incredible one-liners. Murray is at his best here.

What else rocks about Ghostbusters?

• The supporting cast. Annie Potts, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson are perfect.
• Akroyd’s excited references to Tobin’s Spirit Guide and other paranormal literature.
• Murray’s sarcasm. “Ray, the sponges migrated about a foot and a half.” “Egon? Do you remember the time you tried to drill a hole through your head?” “He’s a sailor, he’s in New York…we get this guy laid, we won’t have any problems!” And he only gets better in 2. But I digress…
• The soundtrack. Not just Ray Parker, Jr. Alessi and Mick Smiley give such amazing atmosphere to the flick. Big fan.

This is just good writing, folks. The script is incredible! If you check imdb.com, you’ll learn about the original cast that was planned for this movie. I can see how amazing it would have been, but honestly, it really can’t get any better than the writers playing 2/3 of the dynamic trio. They know everything about the story (duh), and they just work so well with Murray. SNL served the 80’s well. The special effects even stand the test of time…

Weepy meter: 0/10 Nah.
Man meter: 5/10 He HAS to have seen this already! Cult classic. Young Sigourney Weaver half-naked. Sarcasm.
Overall rating: 9/10 I absolutely love it. A couple of weird elements, but in general it’s great.

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