Do you like science fiction or fantasy? Do you like comedy? Do you want to see a movie where women build each other up and make ZERO comments about how they look and are just busy figuring stuff out and being there for each other? Then go see the new Ghostbusters. Having seen the original 1980s movies is not required for full enjoyment.
When I first heard there was going to be a Ghostbusters reboot, I was only mildly interested. What isn’t being rebooted or getting a long-awaited sequel these days? But then when I heard all the ghost busters were going to be women? And the receptionist was going to be Chris Hemsworth (a.k.a. Thor)!? And then that there going to be plus-sized ladies as some of the ghost busters? I had to see this thing.
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call starts out with Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig), a respected scientist at a respected university, awaiting her appointment to be granted tenure. Her plans are thrown for a loop when she finds her long time friend Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy) has gone behind her back to publish their book on Amazon—one which admits to the world that they both believe in ghosts. Of course, this is not a belief that is looked kindly upon in circles of higher academia. Erin confronts Abby, and they make a deal. If Erin introduces Abby and Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) to the guy who approached her claiming he saw a ghost, she’ll consider taking the book down and thus saving Erin’s reputation.
Things do not go as planned, and Erin finds herself without a job, but walks away with undeniable proof there are ghosts. Very similar to the original movie, our heroes leave academia to study on their own and prove the existence of ghosts to the world. Along the way, they meet Patty (Leslie Jones) who knows the city inside and out and becomes part of their Ghostbusters team.
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was written for the modern generation, down to being able to just publish your book on Amazon without going through a publisher and uploading everything onto YouTube (not to mention acknowledging the reality that YouTube comments are usually nasty). The feel of the original Ghostbusters movies are more focused on comedic horror and occult, whereas Ghostbusters: Answer the Call takes a more “Haunted Mansion” (a dark Disneyland attraction), fantastical feel. These ladies are destroying monsters, not taking on an ancient god.
As of this writing, I have seen Ghostbusters: Answer the Call in theaters twice. I loved it. I loved how these ladies worked together and didn’t tear each other down. I loved how there were no fat jokes. All four of them are confident, capable women. Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) is absolutely hilarious and totally absurd.
There is some profanity, and while there’s no sexual content, there are a few innuendos. Near the beginning of the movie, there is an extended scene where one character repeatedly flips the ladies off. The violence is at normal levels for a fantasy/superheroes PG-13 movie. Be aware of a couple jump scares within the first 45 minutes.
Although the feel of the movie is very fantasy-heavy, the fact of the matter is that they are still hunting ghosts. If you’re not comfortable with ghost stories, it may be a good idea to skip Ghostbusters: Answer the Call . Ask God for discernment if you’re unsure either way, and decide for yourself if this is something you are okay with watching.
Heidi Joelle is a transaction coordinator by day and a writer, editor, and reader by night. She can be coaxed from the house by the sound of a good adventure or traveling somewhere new. Her sidekick Smokey the Saint Bernard is rarely far off, usually pretending he's asleep.