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5 Reasons You'll Hate the New Ghostbusters Movie

1. You’re scared of ghosts

It’s human nature to fear things that can’t be explained or that we don’t understand. A study by the pay tv channel Syfy revealed that nearly 88% of Australians believe in the possibility of paranormal phenomena, and half of the population believes in ghosts and spirits. What better way to get over this fear than to watch four parapsychologists put poltergeists in their place?

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2. The lead characters are female

If you don’t want to see four funny women front and centre, you may not enjoy this film. The good news is that you’ll find the vast majority of all other films in any genre will be well-suited to your tastes. There’s even two other Ghostbusters movies, for starters.

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3. You think it will taint the legacy of the Ghostbusters franchise

Some argue that the original film and its sequel constitute a cinematic legacy that should remain untouched — short of reanimating the deceased co-star of the films, Harold Ramis for the proposed third movie with the original cast. As it happens, Rick Moranis considered the second film a disappointment, and Bill Murray refused to be involved with the proposed third movie, which would have been called Ghostbusters III: Hellbent. 

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While some have called the 2016 reboot a “nostalgia-base cash grab”, the spin-off tv series, countless video games and *slot machine* based on the franchise are probably more deserving of that title. Plus, Bill Murray actually agreed to a cameo in this one, which has to count for something.

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4. You’re jealous of Chris Hemsworth

It’s understandable – guys want to be him, girls also want to be him so they can hang out with the awesome cast all day. Hemsworth plays Kevin the receptionist, “a Ken doll with the insides scooped out” according to the character trailer below. For those concerned that the mighty Thor may have been relegated to the role of ditzy receptionist (you know, the type of role women have been cast in for decades), director Paul Feig has called Hemsworth a “huge comedic talent” and not just a pretty face.

5. You’re not a comedy fan

If you don’t like to laugh, this is not the movie for you. Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy are no strangers to blockbuster comedies and Saturday Night Live colleagues Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones have been churning out more jokes than you can aim a proton pack at for the 7 million viewers of the weekly show. Not to mention the director Paul Feig, whose credits include several of the most popular comedies in recent years such as The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and of course the movie Bridesmaids.

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Ghostbusters is out in cinemas now.

 

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