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Ghostbusters (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Fantasy | 15 July 2016 (USA)
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Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.


Paul Feig
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zach Woods ... Tour Guide Garrett
Kristen Wiig ... Erin Gilbert
Ed Begley Jr. ... Ed Mulgrave
Charles Dance ... Harold Filmore
John Milhiser ... Higgins Student
Ben Harris Ben Harris ... Higgins Student
Melissa McCarthy ... Abby Yates
Karan Soni ... Bennie
Kate McKinnon ... Jillian Holtzmann
Bess Rous ... Gertrude Aldridge Ghost
Steve Higgins ... Dean
Leslie Jones ... Patty Tolan
Neil Casey ... Rowan North
Dave Allen ... Electrocuted Ghost (as Dave Gruber Allen)
Katie Dippold ... Rental Agent


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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for supernatural action and some crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ghostbusters 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Box Office


$144,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,018,755, 17 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$128,344,089, 6 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos | Auro 11.1 | 12-Track Digital Sound (IMAX 12 track)| Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| DTS (DTS: X)| IMAX 6-Track | Dolby Surround 7.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Erin first visits Abby at Higgins University, a sign on the door to Abby's lab reads "Do not write (stupid) things on this door!". This is a call back to the original Ghostbusters (1984) film where on the door of the Ghostbusters university lab someone has written "VENKMAN BURN IN HELL". See more »


After Holtzmann destroys the ghosts with the laser whips she is standing alone but in the next frame the other 3 Ghostbusters are all standing next to her. See more »


[first lines]
Tour Guide Garrett: The Aldridge Mansion is the only 19th century home in New York City preserved both inside and out. At the time of its construction, it was one of the most elegant homes in existence featuring every luxury including a face bidet and an anti-Irish security fence.
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits a dedication which reads 'For Harold Ramis' can be seen. See more »

Alternate Versions

The extended version of the film runs 17 minutes longer and features many additional scenes and subplots featuring Justin Kirk playing Phil Hudson the boyfriend to Erin Gilbert; Elizabeth Perking playing Phyllis Adler, a resident professor and rival to Erin; Lesley Nicole playing Mrs. Potter, an elderly hotel resident who interacts with Rowan; and Chris Gethard, a belligerent internet blogger who gets assaulted on the street by Erin. See more »


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Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
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Average fluff piece with a brilliant cast. Haters are beyond delusional.
9 August 2017 | by KrusivSee all my reviews

You have got to be kidding me. This is the movie that has caused so much hatred, rage, and controversy? This harmless, average, fun fluff piece? Pretty much everyone already knew if they liked the film or not before it was even released. I think a lot of people need a reality check not only on this reboot but on the original as well. Hailing the original as some sacramental divine piece of cinema that cannot be improved on is a complete joke. No, I don't hate the original. No, I don't love the reboot. They are both somewhere in between with the original barely edging this out in terms of filmmaking. If we were to rate comedies on their "laughs-per-minute" then the edge would go to this reboot.

But how, when the special effects in the reboot are clearly superior? Turns out that there is far more to film technicalities than bright lights, pretty colors, and realistic green slime. Where Ghostbusters (2016) falters is in the editing and how the humor is set up. The film is too focused on being a ball-busting roller-coaster ride; rarely stopping to catch its breath. There are quite a few legitimately funny bits in here that could have landed even better if the editing was more precise. Silence and patience can work wonders in action comedies. Hell, just look at what Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton were doing literally one hundred years ago.

The cast members are at their best when they aren't forced into doing line-o-rama improv. I found Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy to be the shining stars of this with Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon not far behind. McCarthy notably is a groan-inducer to most, but she does well in films that she or her husband did not write or direct (Spy, St. Vincent, and now this). Jones acts as the grounded everywoman who keeps the nutty ghost hunters in line, and for my money has the best comedic timing out of the four. McKinnon seems to have downed a few energy drinks before every shoot as she is incredibly extra in every scene, often more so than required. Wiig tries to bring an emotional backstory to the picture but it gets lost in all of the neon rainbow effects.

If you're one of the few somehow still on the fence about this: give it a try. It won't ruin your childhood, or kick your dog, or kill your family. At worst you'll walk away unamused and then proceed to pop in the original.

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