GHOSTBUSTERS 2—-dead-in-the-vapor sequel to the first quite enjoyable hit. Four years on, with director Ivan Reitman, the magic does not re-ignite at all during an eternal 108 minutes. With Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson (“Can I have something to do, this time?”), Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, Peter MacNicol, Harris Yulin, Janet Margolin, Brian Doyle Murray, Cheech Marin, Philip Baker Hall.
It made $215,300,000 around the globe, proof that the Universe is beyond our understanding. I recall not laughing a single time when I saw it. There was a marketing gimmick attached: over 3,000 Hardee’s fast-food outlets offered a ‘kid-meal deal’ package that included a battery-operated plastic toy, the “Ghostblaster”. Safety experts deemed it “chokable” and 2,000,000 had to recalled. “Ghostbusters 2, the movie that will have your kids absolutely die laughing.”