Ghostbusters II 1989 PG CC

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The superstars of the supernatural reunite to battle an enormous underground river of slime that threatens New York City in this hilarious sequel.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy
Director Ivan Reitman
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd
Supporting actors Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin, David Margulies, Kurt Fuller, Janet Margolin, Wilhelm von Homburg, William T. Deutschendorf, Henry J. Deutschendorf II, Michael P. Moran, Olivia Ward, Mordecai Lawner, Susan Boehm, Mary Ellen Trainor
Studio Columbia Pictures
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Customer Reviews

It's just one of those sequels to a great movie thats not as good as the first but tries to be.
A must watch for halloween or just because, love the ghostbusters movies and would always recommend to add to collection.
Autumn Baird
Ghostbusters 2 is a good second, well worthy of five stars if you enjoyed the first one like I did.
Pĺl Amundsen

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By The Bluto on November 19, 2000
Format: DVD
"Ghostbusters II" recieved a fair amount of bad press when it was first released, but it is a charming, well produced and yes, funny sequel to the first blockbuster. The film picks up five years after the original. We find the Ghostbusters out of business and broke, Bill Murray is hosting a bizarre cable access show called "World of the Psychic" and Ackroyd and Ernie Hudson are performing at children's parties. Aren't the parents nervous about the GB's wielding their proton packs around thier youngsters??
The story speeds up when the Ghostbusters reunite and discover the soul of an ancient tyrant resides in a portrait in a museum. The tyrant, named Vigo has decided to take possession of Sigourney Weaver's child so he can live again to rule the world. This plot seems more disturbing than the plot in the first film, but director Ivan Reitman gives us plenty of humor to counter balance.
While not as funny as the first film, "Ghostbusters II" proves to be an entertaining follow up to the first classic film. After years of viewing, "Ghostbusters II" reveals itself to be a classic in it's own right.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on June 30, 2011
Format: DVD
Not much can top the original Ghostbusters movie, at least for me. That was the defining film of my childhood (I was 7 when it came out). After I saw it, my list of career goals instantly took shape: (1) be a Ghostbuster. I put in some serious practice time running around the house with a backpack and an umbrella or toy gun (makeshift proton pack) shooting at invisible ghosts. I probably scared my parents quite a bit. Although I failed to become a Ghostbuster, the film stays with me and is one of the most potent pick-me-ups in existence (just pop it in the player and under most normal circumstances, my mood gets better).

So when news of a second film came out a half-decade later, I was of course very excited. By that time however I was also not 7 anymore, my career goals were somewhat more nuanced, and what I expected from a film also reflected a bit more personal development. Plot, characters, all of this was a little bit more important now. The second film delivered...sort of. The same great characters were there but the plot seemed a bit more contrived and forced. The ghosts didn't seem as threatening this time out and Bill Murray didn't seem as engaged in the whole thing. I recall mild disappointment (although what can compete with a walking Statue of Liberty when you're 12?) and didn't see the film again for many years.

I recently bought a copy on DVD to see whether my 12-year-old critical judgment had any merit or whether I was just a jaded pre-teen given to quick dismissal of pop culture items that didn't measure up to expectations. I found that I was both right and wrong. As a 34-year-old I can say that the plot is very contrived.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 13, 2005
Format: DVD
In all likelihood, a sequel to the enormously successful and entertaining GHOSTBUSTERS was not necessary. In this whimsical, but often tedious, sequel, the ghostbusters are back, after being banned from ghostbusting! Which makes no sense as everyone hailed them as heroes after the defeat of the Marshmallow Man! But for plot purposes, that's what they decided to move this movie. Although the original cast and director are back, they don't seem as inspired or "in to it" like they did in the first. Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver seem to be going through the motions; Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis are pretty much what they were in the first; and Rick Moranis & Annie Potts, who were so much fun in the original, don't seem to be a part of the story as much in this one. Peter MacNicol as the crazed museum curator is excellent in his role, and we get some fun support from Harris Yulin as the Judge and Janet Margolin as the prosecuting attorney.

The effects this time are fairly similar to the original, but the use of the Statue of Liberty in the climax is a little too far-fetched even for this kind of film. We also don't know how they get her back in the harbor after the cataclysmic ending.

I enjoyed watching the movie, but I can see why they never went for any more entries. Sometimes you should just leave well enough alone.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wally gator on October 8, 2008
Format: DVD
I was just a little kid when this came out in the theater. I was too young to see the original in theaters, but by the time of the sequel (five years later) I, with millions of other kids, was a complete fanatic. I waited with bated breath for this thing to come out back in the summer of 1989... I watched my taped-off-TV copy of the original ten times a day in preperation... etc.
I could never not like this second offering, but even at the age of six, I was somewhat confused at some of the elements in Ghostbusters 2. (I deep analyzed every detail then, even more than I'm about to do now..) Stylistically, the movie falls way short of the first. This is odd, because all the same people were involved, who made the first movie so unique. From director Ivan Reitman, all the way down to that guy who played the mayor. Even the concept for the second script had a great idea, that just seems somewhat mishandled in the production. This could have easily been on par with the original, but a few things make it lack. The music for instance is pretty cheesy. Theres this goopy generic piano stuff thats all over the place, like Reitman just picked up some rights for it on the cheap. The quirky score for the first is nowhere to be found.
The first twenty minutes of the movie waste way too much time trying to show how all the characters went their own seperate ways after the battle with Gozer in the first. These sideplots date the movie (mention of the world ending on new years 1989...feh..)and are pretty much useless to the overall story. Also to many shots are taken at the fact that in 1989, Ghostbusters had become such a huge franchise for kids. Like the line "The proton pack is not a toy". I had a toy proton pack. It was cool.
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