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The Ghostbusters Reboot | A Summer Movie Recap

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It’s summer movie season, and Post Show Recaps is bringing you coverage of three of the most recent and most notable blockbusters: Star Trek BeyondGhostbusters and Jason Bourne.

Here, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Sarah Freeman (@ChannonSarah) discuss Paul Feig’s reboot of Ghostbusters, officially called Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. Sarah speaks about her fandom with the Ghostbusters franchise, breaks Josh’s heart over her true feelings toward Ghostbusters II, recounts seeing the new movie with her seven-year-old son, and weighs in on why the new lineup of ghost-hunting heroes matters so much at this moment in time.

For more summer movie podcasts, check out the following shows:

** Star Trek Recap with Rob Cesternino
** Jason Bourne Recap with Mike Bloom

  • Anna

    I’ve never seen the original Ghostbusters (millennial problems) but this reboot didn’t really work for me. A lot of the jokes just missed. There wasn’t a laugh in the theater aside from kids laughing at the actual “ghost busting” slime scenes. Thought Kate Mckinnon was great but wish she had more dialogue and been used more as a main character. Abby/Erin were kind of boring to me. I’m not a huge fan of Wig/McCarthey/Feig anyways so that probably had a lot to do with it too

    Loved the podcast though! I’m all for more movie podcasts on PSR

    • susan appleby

      There were lots of laughs in the theater I saw this in. I thought it was ok mindless summer stuff.

      • Anna

        Yeah I definitely thought it was an okay movie. Just a bit critical considering a lot of reviews were praising it

        • Sarah Freeman

          I feel like at its worst, you’re still happy to be along for the ride, which is really all I ask from a summer blockbuster. I am curious to see if it will be one that improves on a rewatch, but either way, it makes for a something a bit different to show the kids.

    • susan appleby

      Maybe you missed out on the jokes that required you to see the original?

      • Anna

        Yeah, of course. I’ll have to go back and watch it sometime

  • Matthew Murphy

    I think if Paul Feig did an R rated parody it might’ve worked. Also not dispespecting the fans might have helped this move at the box office. Either way it’s easily the worst marketed movie in the last decade.

    • susan appleby

      I don’t get this. The movie surpassed its projected opening weekend of $30 million by more than $10 million.
      Not sure where the film disrespected any fans- there were plenty of homages to the original film and all of them showed up in cameos. I’m not sure how it could be more respectful?

      It’s just a silly summer movie, that’s all it ever was.

      • Matthew Murphy

        The director and a few of the cast basically attacked the peple who were skeptical based on the trailers. I think fans of the series who were on the fence decided not to go when they were called neckbeard losers among other things. And yes the movie had to shove cameos down your throat for nostalgia’s sake. You can tell Bill Murray doesn’t want to be there. Sony would’ve sued him if he didn’t make a cameo. This was the shotgun wedding of reboots. Melissa McCarthy also allegedly said they were given “a lame duck of a script,” and this woman was in Tammy.

        • susan appleby

          What I don’t understand is if fans don’t support this movie there will most likely never be studio support for another one. So, nobody wins.

          • Matthew Murphy

            Yeah they shouldn’t have remade it. The first Ghostbusters movie took a lot of time to create and really benefitted from the chemistry of Akyroyd, Ramis and Murray. This movie was just made for money and the wrong director was chosen for the job. The original team made Ghostbusters 2 and most consider it a disappointment. The Ghostbusters is a very campy concept that’s very hard to do well. It’s like lightning in a bottle and incredibly hard to recreate. I think it’s a thing of the 80’s. If Feig’s movie wanted to be successful, at least make its a successor to the original as opposed to constantly bringing it up, reminding you how much better the original was.

    • Sarah Freeman

      Personally, I would have felt more disrespected by an R rated parody. That’s a subjective taste thing, but yeah… I’d rather have a movie similar in tone even if it fails to capture the magic of the original. Besides, one of the added perks is that it has made Ghostbusters relevant again, giving me an excuse to nerd out with my kids!

      • Matthew Murphy

        I guess but the low box office makes the chance of a sequel really low and puts the franchise in Fantastic Four territory. Sony will probably do 23 buststreet with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Also this movie makes all men either complete idiots or jerks. And the villain of the movie is not only weak, but an allegory for Paul Feig’s view of core Ghostbusters fans. That and shooting the logo in the balls are the reason that I this movie deserves its failure. That and threatening legal action if Bill Murray didn’t make a cameo.

  • Matt The Golem

    Josh said he laughed a lot but only talked about 2 funny moments. And one of those was a variation on this ancient joke from Porky’s.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWiKmyzDJx8

    Sequel? I don’t see how, based on the box office. But if there’s going to be another movie it needs another director and a completely original script.

    • Sarah Freeman

      Apparently toy sales are good, which might encourage Sony to continue the franchise. It’s not exactly flopping at the box office either.

      • Matt The Golem

        Rule of thumb is that a movie needs to earn double the production budget to break even. GB16 will not come close. Or if you don’t want to believe me: “Feig can’t help but think about the stakes of making a $150 million movie. ‘A movie like this has to at least get to like $500 million worldwide, and that’s probably low.’ ”
        http://tinyurl.com/j47ynhc
        I was really surprised in this podcast that The Hollywood Reporter reviewer Josh Wigler isn’t aware of this. As for the toys, all I’ve seen is that sales “exceeded expectations” which is meaningless without dollar amounts.

    • Matthew Murphy

      The idea of a sequel is the funniest thing about the reboot. With box office like that Sony would be suicidal. Also as far as toys go, yeah and that was two weeks before the movie. This sequel is might have to wait for Fant4stic 2 and The Amazing Spiderman 3.

  • Matthew Murphy

    These guys do a great job shedding some light on the production problems and misconceptions behind the reboot. https://youtu.be/L-6VLuz75yw

  • Reynaldo Hernandez Aponte

    Holtzman Tries Hard is a terrible, unfunny comedy. I laughed three times during the whole movie. As you can probably tell I hated Holtzman, Wigg and Mccarthy fighting each other was never funny, the villain sucked, the story sucked. Leslie Jones thanfully wasn’t as offensive as I thought she’d be. I’m a Ghostbusters fan, I don’t want a sequel to this garbage.

    • Matthew Murphy

      Sorry to tell you this but your’re sexist. This was the best movie the Ghostbusters franchise has ever seen.

      • Matt The Golem

        Then why are there no memorable lines? The original is a classic in part because it is so quotable. Almost every funny moment in this movie was lifted from other movies. That’s not comedy, it’s hack writing and directing.

  • homertownie

    Here is more sexist things known as “facts”:

    Some say the Ghostbusters has a reported production budget of $144 million and a print and advertising budget rumored to be around $100 million (it may be much more). So, at a minimum, the distributor needs to rake in about $250 million at the box office to break even.

    But the distributor only collects about half of the money that comes in to the box office. The exact amount varies from film to film and depends on which weekend we’re talking about but, in general, the distributor takes a little more than half of the box office. The figure is slightly less overseas so 50% is a good rule of thumb.

    What this means is that in order to make back all the money spent producing and advertising the Ghostbusters reboot, the film needs to make around $500 million at the global box office.

    • Matthew Murphy

      Plus it’s not even opening in China which is a huge market. Not that it would’ve done well there anyway. I’ve never seen people handle a movie with kid gloves more than this. “Well I didn’t enjoy it and it wasn’t really good, but I like that woman are getting to play these roles so I’ll give it a 7.”

      • Sarah Freeman

        That’s because “summer blockbuster underperforms at the box office” is the “dog bites man” of stories. “Summer blockbuster features women in male archetypical roles” is “man bites dog.”

        Basically, I trust all this information being posted here, and I will lower my expectations for a sequel accordingly, but holy crap, I can’t emphasise enough what a big deal it is to me to see female characters like this in the mainstream.

        I think also a lot of people are afraid studios will decide the movie “failed” (definition of failed pending) because of the female cast, so they’re shouting from the rooftops that that’s the good part.

        • Matthew Murphy

          I take it your not a Star Wars fan. That movie had a female lead and was, ya know good. It was the biggest movie from last year and they did a reboot right and I’m pretty sure they didn’t even mention gender once. That’s why this movie failed. We won’t see a sequel but a few more gender swapped reboots are planned including a remake of some movie with a mermaid featuring Channing Tatum. Hopefully when those bomb too, Hollywood will come up with some new and possibly good ideas.

          • Sarah Freeman

            I saw Star Wars. Rey is great, but can’t cover anywhere near the ground this movie does. I gave a pretty thorough explanation in the podcast, but to my mind, this movie is far more important than Star Wars, and what it got right outweighs what it got wrong. It’s not a great movie, the original was better (big surprise!), but as a long time GB fan who never really wanted another movie, this one actually made the idea worthwhile for me.

          • Matthew Murphy

            To each their own. I think Paul Feig’s version of the Ghostbusters is no where near as successful as the brand could or should be. Being the center piece of one of the biggest franchises in history and doing it well, like Star Wars did is far more important than a lazy gender swap of a comedy. This movie could have made close at a billion but the marketing was the worst I’ve ever seen. Much like Fanstasic Four, the franchise now has a permanent stain. At least Ghostbusters 2 will get more love.

  • Matthew Murphy

    So I watched the first 45 minutes of this and it was more than I could take, and I’ve seen Fant4stic a couple times. The fact that you could say anything
    positive about it shows you want in wanting to like it but this movie has no saving grace except for the fact that it ends. Every aspect of this movie failed and deservedly so. Ghostbusters 2 has never looked so good.