In a movie with a ton of laughs it’s funny that one line in it so aptly describes almost the entire movie: “Well, there’s something you don’t see every day.”
Like many great comedy movies the script to Ghostbusters really was just a guideline as to what was supposed to happen. When you consider it was written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis that alone would likely have resulted in a pretty funny movie, but throw in the ad-libbed dialogue of Bill Murray and Rick Moranis and you’re destined to have a very funny movie. And such was the case with Ghostbusters.
Yes, I admit that the plot has a few holes in it, but the comedy itself is top notch with some of the best lines from the movie still being used as jokes 30 years after the film’s release. The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is one of the great all time movie “monsters”. Its creation is also funny, as super-bad guy Gozer tells the Ghostbusters that the next thing they think of will be the form it will assume to destroy their world. Ray Stantz (Aykroyd) said he tried to think of the most harmless thing and that’s what popped into his head.
While there’s lots of easy jokes to get the script has lots of stuff that’s often missed that’s funny when you see it. Louis (Rick Moranis), the future “Keymaster,” gets locked out places two or three times in the movie. When the librarian was asked if anyone in her family had ever had any history of mental illness, she says her uncle thought he was St. Jerome. The patron saint of librarians is St. Jerome.
Ghostbusters is one of those comedies where watching it several times doesn’t diminish the humor. There’s lots of stuff going on in the movie and things are easy to miss with just one watching.
Oh, and yeah….I ain’t afraid of no ghost.
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Produced by Ivan Reitman
Written by Dan Aykroyd & Harold Ramis
Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts, and William Atherton
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography by László Kovács
Edited by David E. Blewitt & Sheldon Kahn
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates June 7, 1984 (nationwide on June 8)
Running time 107 minutes
Budget $30 million
Box office $295.2 million