Two scientists and their perverted friend go into business hunting ghost. This may sound like the plot of a bad reality TV show, but thanks to an interdimensional rift in time and space in Sigourney Weaver’s fridge, this universe has ghosts that are totally real and can be captured by Ghostbusters in tiny boxes. If you like supernatural comedy, this is one of the best ones out there.
This movie isn’t entirely perfect though, the romance between Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver is there more because it was the 80s and there was always a romantic subplot in every movie. Studios thought that if there wasn’t any romance nobody would want to see it! It gets better later when things go totally insane and everyone seems to forget romance entirely. This is when some of the best comedy comes out of the movie. It’s a bit of a stepping stone to get there though.
There were also a few too many parts that had people standing around talking and asking questions like “how would you do that?” or “how would that be possible?” and the explanation involves a lot of made up terms and pseudo-science. There’s no problem with these things if you need a scene like that to explain the something-or-other (though I would prefer if you researched everything as thoroughly as Michael Crichton would have, but it’s not necessary to tell a good story). But if you have this happen every other scene for half an hour of screen-time it becomes repetitive and boring. Thankfully, it too, gets better later.
There’s great, believable acting all around and great performances from even the most minor characters. Though some of the special effects/computer animation is outdated, the ghosts in this movie are probably the best I’ve seen in any movie.
Why you should watch it before you die: Outside of my few complaints, this is one of the smartest comedies out there and a staple of 80s cinema.
+10: timeless comedic classic that will be loved by everyone forever
-1: 80s romantic subplot for some reason
-1: slow in the middle
-.5: Too much pseudo-science
+1: great acting