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Who Ya’ Gonna Call – GHOSTBUSTERS

Baby, the Ghostbusters are back with girl power for days.  Whoever thinks girls aren’t funny, I’m here to tell you that you are wrong as two left shoes!!!

If Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy are bringing the funny, proton packs, special gadgets and lighting up the Manhattan sky for the reboot of the 1984 megabit Ghostbusters.


Two childhood science geeks/authors/former besties reunite over paranormal sightings in New York City.  Sounds familiar right?  Of course, this time its in 3D, the green screen special effects are ramped up a notch and when those ghosts are unleashed its an experience one is not likely to soon forget.

Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and her business partner Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) team up with Erin (Kristen Wiig) and former MTA token booth clerk Patty (Leslie Jones) to become ‘ghostbusters’.

They take on a male receptionist – Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who is wonderful to look at, but dumb as a box of rocks…lol.  However, when Kevin’s body is inhabited by building janitor Rourke (Matt Walsh), things really get a little slow.  Only for a few moments and then the girls are off and running ready to save New York from impending ghostly doom.


There are some classy and creative star cameos from Andy Garcia as the Mayor to all the Original Ghostbusters cast (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson).  Of course, those missing are the late Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis (who has retired from acting).

Having collaborated with McCarthy for the fourth time, director Paul Feig really did his best along with producer and Original Ghostbuster creatives Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman to keep the integrity of the first version in tact.  As an enormous Ghostbuster fan, I really appreciated that.  Even the theme song by Ray Parker, Jr., was  fused with a brand new version from Fall Out Boy featuring Grammy winning artists Missy Elliott called I’m Not Afraid.”  I got a little tickled when after posting a few pix last week this young man sent me his version of the Ghostbusters theme with his little toddler pretending to “haunt” Daddy!

Leslie Jones is “laugh out loud” funny and a real smart cookie as Patty.  Her knowledgable history of NYC, it’s buildings and subway tunnels make her a force to be reckoned with.  It’s so incredibly refreshing to see a black woman in an onscreen comedy who is not just there for the jokes, but to enhance the plot alongside with her co-stars.


Kate McKinnon as Holtzman is a strange as hell, but in a nerdy, freaky, fun sort of way that just leaves you shaking your head with a smile on your face.  Kristen Wiig is the “straight man” of the quartet and relentless in her sexual harassment of Kevin.  Pure Comedy for sure!!!

Of course, anyone who has EVER read my blog in the past knows that I adore Melissa McCarthy!!!!  She is a “comedy goddess” and can do no wrong in my book and along with her cohorts!  Kudos to Amy Pascal for bringing some girl power to the producing team and I am totally looking forward to the sequel. “I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!!!  Ghostbusters opens nationwide TODAY – July 15th in a theatre near you!  Don’t miss it!!!





I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch), African American Film Critics Association, Online Association of Female Film Critics and Alliance of Women Film Journalists. My op-eds or features have been seen in VARIETY, RogerEbert.com, Maltin on Movies, The Cherry Picks, IGN Movies, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, KCRW Press Play with Madeline Brand, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Mondays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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