A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kindness and warmth encouraged by the Ghostbusters to all New Yorkers as a way to stop this latest infestation of ghosts, demons, and slime.
Positive Role Models
Characters too cartoonish to be seen as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Some demonic imagery, including dozens of severed heads in the subway. A baby in a carriage rolls away from her mother and weaves in and out of NYC traffic. The Ghostbusters crew attacks the slime and the ghosts with laser guns that shoot light and goo. A baby walks out onto the ledge of a high-rise apartment building before being kidnapped by a ghost. Reckless driving. Explosions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo, including references to "gynecological exams" and "exposing ourselves." Implied sex between two characters who jump up nervously from a couch, hair and clothes ruffled, when someone else enters the room.
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Infrequent profanity: "a--hole," "s--t," "crap," "hell," "Jesus." Some sexual innuendo, references to "exposing ourselves" and "gynecological tests."
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Products & Purchases
The Ghostbusters make reference to various NYC newspapers and try to imagine what the headlines would be for each of them.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters suggest going out for a beer. Wine drinking at dinner. One of the Ghostbusters smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ghostbusters II is the 1989 sequel to Ghostbusters. Amid the scenes of ghosts and slimes, there are some scenes of demonic imagery, including a scene in which dozens of decapitated cadaver heads are on stakes. Profanity is infrequent ("a--hole" and "s--t") and there's some sexual innuendo, including references to "gynecological exams" and "exposing ourselves." Sex is implied between two characters who jump up from a couch with their hair messed up and clothes rumpled when someone else enters the room. Cigar smoking is shown, as is wine drinking in an upscale restaurant. In one scene, an infant steps out onto the ledge of a high-rise building and hangs precariously over the edge. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Murray's in his prime here as one of four fearless slime fighters in a sequel that's almost as funny and entertaining as the original. GHOSTBUSTERS II was partially written by two of its actors: Dan Akroyd (who played Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Harold Ramis (Dr. Egon Spengler). It's hard not to laugh at anything Bill Murray says or does. He has a sly, wry, comic genius that makes even the simplest plot (which is what gives this sci-fi adventure its charm) a little more complex.
This hodgepodge of occult, paranormal, and plain bizarre elements means all kinds of zaniness is free to ensue -- especially when you serenade Lady Liberty with a little Motown. It's a nice little send-up to the world of psychics and other New Age types, as well, who take themselves far too seriously. It can even put some of those paranormal shows like Ghost Hunters and Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead in perspective for kids who can get caught up in the hype. However outdated the special effects might seem in today's light, the movie works as a not-so-scary comedic action film.
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