Ghostbusters II (1989)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1989.  Columbia Pictures Corporation.  Screenplay by , , based on characters created by Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Tepid sequel finds the gang of Ghostbusters living on skid row now that the city is cleaned of all its paranormal activity and they’ve become a big joke. Working birthday parties to stay afloat while fighting a court case that threatens to bankrupt them, the boys suddenly spring back into action when New York City is once again infested. This time it’s the negative energy of the city dwellers themselves that has been creating an oozing river of ‘mal-entendre’ slime in sewer canals, causing strange things to happen and weird creatures to start appearing everywhere. The main thing to worry about, however, is the reappearance of an evil nobleman who is now able to reincarnate himself back to life and take over civilization. Bill Murray is again hilarious,  brainy, Dan Aykroyd daffy and  stalwart, but none of it gels together as well as it did the first time. It also doesn’t help that the main plot (people are being attacked by ghosts because they’re just not nice enough to each other) comes off a bit cheesy. Highlights are a delightful supporting role by , returning as their secretary, and the always lovely Sigourney Weaver, who is now a mother with a little baby and still the apple of Murray’s eye.

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