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Ghostbusters Movie Review

I Ain’t Afraid of no Ghost! The true test of a film’s greatness is time. The 1984 science-fiction/comedy classic, Ghostbusters, has stood the test of time, producing both a sequel (in 1989) and a hit cartoon series. Ghostbusters is the story of three offbeat scientists interested in paranormal matters: Peter Venkman (played by Bill Murray), Raymond Stanz (played by Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (played by Harold Ramis), who have just lost their university grant, and are suddenly forced out onto the streets of New York. What will they do now to survive? After taking a third mortgage out on Ray’s family home, Peter, Ray, and Egon decide to pursue the idea of catching and containing ghosts in the private sector. Their business, fittingly named: “Ghostbusters”, starts out slow, but quickly the word spreads of their ghost investigation and extraction services. Within seemingly no time at all, the Ghostbusters are a hot commodity in New York where ghost activity is on the rise. The movie follows the three Ghostbusters, as well as Sigourney Weaver's character: Dana Barrett. Dana Barrett is not only the Ghostbusters’ first customer, but also a dating prospect for Peter Venkman. Woven into the film Ghostbusters are three plots (one main, and two subplots). The main plot of the film is the Ghostbusters trying to figure out the cause of the massive increase of ghost activity in New York lately, and the two subplots being: 1.) The love story between Venkman and Barrett, and 2.) The attempt made by the Environmental Protection Agency to shut down the Ghostbusters. The movie climaxes with the mayor of New York calling upon the Ghostbusters to rid the city of the cause of all the recent ghost activity: a demolition-God named: “Gozer”. During their encounter with “Gozer”, the Ghostbusters are asked to choose what form the destructor of New York will be. Ray thinks of a childh...

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