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Film Review : Ghostbusters (2016) (12A)

| July 13, 2016

It may have been 32 years since the original Ghostbusters first hit the big screen back in 1984 however summer 2016 sees a new instalment in the much loved film franchise.

Released : Monday 11th July 2016
Rated : 12A
Running Time : 116 mins
BBFCinsight : Moderate threat, infrequent crude references
Director : Paul Feig
Cast Includes : Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Elizabeth Perkins

Directed by Paul Feig, the film 2016 stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as four parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.

Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), a respected physicist, has just landed a prestigious teaching position at Columbia University. However her career soon comes to an abrupt end following the release of a book she wrote several years before with Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) on the subject of the paranormal.

No sooner is the book published than Erin is approached by people who want her to investigate paranormal activity. Erin teams up with her former writing partner Abby, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and subway worker Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones) to form the Ghostbusters.

Chaos and hilarity follow as the four heroes save New York from an invasion of apparitions and spirits conjured up by Rowan (Neil Casey) who plans to take over the world. The Ghostbusters are assisted by their receptionist, Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) who seems to get very little right.


The film captures the spirit and essence of the original 1984 production. Packed with hilarity the film is one of the funniest I have seen for a long while however it may be a little to scary for some younger film goers begging me to question the suitability of the 12A rating which the film has been given.

This film is definitely worth watching, it’s fast moving, funny and above all entertaining.

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