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Ghostbusters 2 (1989)



Critic Consensus: Thanks to the cast, Ghostbusters 2 is reasonably amusing, but it lacks the charm, wit, and energy of its predecessor.

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Ivan Reitman's sequel to the phenomenally successful Ghostbusters is looser and more self-assured than the original. The film opens with a title reading "Five Years Later" and finds the ghostbusters living in hard times. A restraining order has forbidden the boys to partake in paranormal warfare, and as a result they have had to seek other lines of work. Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson) spend their time performing at children's' birthday parties, and Egon (Harold Ramis) is busy conducting experiments investigating the effect of human emotions on the environment, leaving ghostbusting behind. Venkman (Bill Murray) and Dana (Sigourney Weaver) have split up. Venkman now hosts a local cable show called "The World of the Psychic." Dana, now divorced and the mother of a little baby named Oscar, works as an art restorer in a museum -- and this is where the plot kicks in. While Dana is restoring a portrait of a 16th-century tyrant by the name of Vigo the Carpathian, the portrait becomes hexed. The evil Vigo wants to return to life by taking over the body of Dana's little child. Vigo has enlisted Dana's boss, Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol), to compel Dana to cooperate. Soon dirty sludge and slime flow through the streets of Manhattan, and the ghostbusters have to reunite to save the city from a funky paranormal evil. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Bill Murray
as Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd
as Dr. Raymond Stantz
Sigourney Weaver
as Dana Barrett
Harold Ramis
as Dr. Egon Spengler
Rick Moranis
as Louis Tully
Ernie Hudson
as Winston Zeddemore
Annie Potts
as Janine Melnitz
Peter MacNicol
as Janosz Poha
Harris Yulin
as The Judge
David Margulies
as Mayor of New York
Kurt Fuller
as Hardemeyer
Janet Margolin
as The Prosecutor
Michael P. Moran
as Frank, the Doorman
Olivia Ward
as Meter Maid
Mordecai Lawner
as Man with a Ticket
Susan Boehm
as Young Woman on Crutches
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Brownstone Mother
Robert DiTillio
as Spectator
Page Leong
as Spengler's Assistant
Catherine Reitman
as Girl with Puppy
Dave Florek
as lst Cop
Richard Foronjy
as Con Ed Supervisor
Sharon Kramer
as Stenographer
Bobby Brown
as Mayor's Doorman
Judy Ovitz
as Slimed Restaurant Patron
Robert Alan Beuth
as Store Manager
Ralph Monaco
as Police Sergeant
Ron Cummins
as Police Lieutenant
Cheech Marin
as Dock Supervisor
Yvette Cruise
as Maria, Dana's Maid
Brian Doyle-Murray
as Psychiatrist
Louise Troy
as Woman with Fur Coat
Douglas Seale
as Plaza Hotel Man
Ben Stein
as Public Works Official
Erik Holland
as Fire Commissioner
Philip Baker Hall
as Police Commissioner
Christopher Villasenor
as Brownstone Boy No. 1
Jason Reitman
as Brownstone Boy No. 2
Tom Dugan
as Restaurant Cop No. 1
Angelo di Mascio
as Restaurant Cop No. 2
Valery Pappas
as Arguing Couple
Mark Schneider
as Arguing Couple
John Hammil
as Detective No. 1
Ray Glanzmann
as Detective No. 2
Alex Zimmerman
as Detective No. 3
Kevin Dunn
as Venkman's Talk Show Guest (uncredited)
Chloe Webb
as Venkman's Talk Show Guest (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Ghostbusters 2

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (9)

The sequel is, on the whole, a fairly mechanical spook show, filled with grinning ghosts that are definitely ghoulish but hardly menacing.

June 15, 2015 | Full Review…

Effectively slimed everyone's fond memories of the original.

April 7, 2009 | Full Review…

Almost as sharp as the first film and only suffering slightly from the inevitable repetitions.

May 30, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's very little energy in the follow-through, and this time Murray's listlessness seems more anemic than comic.

May 30, 2007

Kids will find the oozing slime and ghastly, ghostly apparitions to their liking and adults will enjoy the preposterously clever dialog.

May 30, 2007 | Full Review…

The film is largely an excuse for a cast get-together, with the Ghostbusters, under judicial restraining order after the havoc wreaked in part one, suffering lives of semi-obscurity.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Ghostbusters 2


Several years after the success that was the first Ghostbusters, a sequel was made, and it is a film that often is considered by many people as a mixed bag. Me personally, I love it, sure it isn't as big of a fresh air or as funny as its predecessor, but the effects are still great, the comedy works well, the acting is still spot on, and the epicness factor is cranked up massively in this film in the last 25 minutes. Sure it does have some dumb moments, like Peter MacNicole turning into that ghostly Mary Poppins freak, but it still does work great, and Rick Moranis really seems to steal the show in terms of comedy and goofiness. In the first film he is just a forgetful nerd character, but in this film he has a much bigger role. The film isn't as big of a breath of fresh air as the first, but it is still very funny, and it is entertaining enough to keep you watching.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


The original cast, director and writers return to the ghost mine again, but they bring a kind of smug self-assurance (faked in the original, but here in truth) that undercuts the comic proceedings. And so, like many sequels, it is not as good. Not as good as it is to see these old friends again, even though they are not as funny. The payoff ending sequence with the Statue of Liberty is downright embarrassing, it's so bad. One wishes that they've focused on Moranis, Potts and MacNicol and saved the big four for last. Ah well.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

It's pretty tough for a sequel to best, let alone match it's predecessor, especially when the first one is an undisputed masterpiece. So yeah, Ghostbusters II isn't as good as the first, but it's not a bad film by any means. Unfortunately most people don't see it that way. Me, I really like this one, and think it's still a really decent film, even though it isn't what it could have been. The story begins five years after the first. Following the defeat of Gozer at the end of the first film, the Ghostbusters have actually fallen on hard times. Instead of being hailed as saviors, they have since been slapped with a restraining order and forced to cease their ghostbusting due to all the collateral damage their 'busting' causes. As a result, the four have hung up their proton packs and gone on to other activities. However, they are forced to get back to it when an evil ooze begins wreaking havoc, especially when it possesses a painting of an evil 16th Century Carpathian tyrant named Vigo, causing him to come to life to terrorize all who end up in his way. I think the main issue at hand here is sequelitis. It's just unable to capture the magic that made the first so special. It doesn't have the freshness, nor does it have the same level of laughs, wit, and energy. Ivan Reitman returned as director, and co-stars Aykroyd and Ramis once again wrote the script, and, while they don't do bad in these roles, their performances don't really stand out. I do however, like that they raised the stakes, and showed how actions have consequences. I just wish they could have come up with some more creative and stronger ideas. The music is still good though, and I still dig the effects, and yeah, the performances are fine, if slightly worn, but, even though this one has it's moments, it doesn't have near as much heart as it should. I'm still giving this one a really high rating though, as I'm a big fan, I like these guys and what they do, and it's still a fun and entertaining film. Yeah, some of it is a bit sillier, but I can't help but like it. Without a doubt, my main reason for really liking this is personal. Sentimentality is key here, as the earliest memory that I can recall is seeing this in the theater when I was a mere three years old. I can only recall one scene clearly, but still, it's a memory I want to cherish as long as possible. Bottom line: yeah, this is a step down, but it's still a pretty decent film, and offers a fair amount of entertainment, and, compared to a lot of sequels, it's quite strong, so give it a chance.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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