Funny / Ghostbusters
"Well there's something you don't see everyday"
- Rick Moranis's performance as Vinz Clortho is just downright Adorkable and hilarious.
Vinz: [almost pleadingly to Egon] Are you the Gatekeeper?
Egon: [holds up PKE, which immediately spikes] Yes.
[Vinz follows movements of the PKE, transfixed by the device]
- After Vinz is invited to "Yes, have some!" coffee, Egon looks back to see him chugging hot water straight from the carafe. Vinz gives him a broad, goofy smile and goes right back to drinking.
- The fact that Dana becomes Hotter and Sexier while possessed by Zuul, but Vinz Clortho is just as clueless and awkward as Louis.
- After Venkman meets with Dana, and he, Ray and Egon are sitting alone, eating Chinese take-out in the dark:
Venkman: [lifting beer can in toast] To our first customer!
Ray: To our first and only customer.
[beat as the trio take a swig]
Venkman: I'm gonna need to draw some of the petty cash. I should take her out to dinner, I don't want to lose her.
Ray: Uh, this magnificent feast here represents the last of the petty cash.
Venkman: [silently, solemnly] Slow down. Chew your food.
- Ray and Peter have beer and are using utensils. Meanwhile, Egon has a can of Coke and is eating with his hands. There's something really funny about the "intellectual" sipping a soda while his friends have alcohol and not using chopsticks or even silverware to eat.
- Venkman's introduction to Slimer.
"He slimed me."
"I feel so funky!"
- Before that when Venkman meets Slimer:
Venkman: [over the radio] Come in. Ray. Ray:
Venkman! I saw it! I saw it! I saw it! Venkman: [nervously]
It's right here, Ray. It's looking at me. Ray:
He's an ugly little spud, isn't he? Venkman:
I think he can hear you, Ray.
- Want Funny Background Event taken to its hilarious zenith? Rewatch the prison scene again. As Egon is explaining Gozer and Zuul's plans, the prisoners that keep passing by become increasingly enthralled by the topic at hand!
Egon: ...Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive. [pauses to glance at the other prisoners, then continues his info-dump]
Peter: [to a jailbird looking over his shoulder to the blueprints] Everybody getting this so far?
- The way Egon puts an end to Janine's flirting questions.
Egon: I collect spores, molds and fungus.
- Venkman teasing Egon shortly before going to confront the library ghost (a Throw It In between Murray and Ramis, no less):
- The scene at the Mayor's office, when Ray explains how Obstructive Bureaucrat Walter Peck caused the ghosts to be released:
Ray: Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by Dickless here.
Peck: They caused an explosion!
Mayor: Is this true?
Venkman: Yes, it's true. This man has no dick.
- Venkman's reaction when his argument wins the day and Peck, swearing revenge, is ejected from the building is classic:
Peck: [being pulled out] I'll fix you Venkman, I'm gonna fix you...
Venkman: I'm gonna get you a nice fruit basket. I'm gonna miss him.
- On the commentary, Ivan Reitman relates meeting with William Atherton after the film became a hit, and he was quite upset that suddenly random people were calling him "dickless," including one incident where a whole bus full of tourists stopped to yell it at him.
- As Peck is being escorted out of the building, watch Ray. He puts his hands on his hips and puffs out his chest like a proud little bird with a smug smile on his face, seeing Peck shot down obviously making his day.
- When Ray, Egon, and Venkman are touring the old firehouse:
Spengler: I think this building should be condemned. There's serious metal fatigue in all the load-bearing members, the wiring is substandard, it's completely inadequate for our power needs, and the neighborhood is like a demilitarized zone.
Stantz: Hey, does this pole still work?? (slides down the pole) Wow. This place is great! When can we move in? You guys gotta try this pole! [...]
Venkman: [beat; looks at Spengler who slowly shakes his head "no"] I think we'll take it.
- Bill Murray's face when the Cardinal of New York walks in is quite possibly the greatest deadpan reaction gag of his career, and when you consider the range of said gags, that's saying something.
- The moment in the original when Ray decides that Bureaucratese is the best way to deal with an invading God from Dimension X:
Ray: Gozer the Gozerian? Good evening. As a duly designated representative of the city, county and state of New York, I hereby order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension.
Venkman: ... that oughta do it, thanks very much Ray.
- Followed up by some useful advice from the Christian Token Minority:
Winston: Ray, when someone asks you if you're a God, you say "YES"!
- Reportedly, Dan Aykroyd made an appearance at a convention where someone in the crowd asked him once again "Are you a god?" This time he did say "Yes."
- In the library, just before they find the ghostly librarian:
Stantz: Listen! Do you smell something?
- Look closely at Peter trying to register what Ray just said, his facial expression is priceless.
- "Guys, guys, we've been going about this all wrong. This Mr. Stay Puft is okay, he's a sailor, he's in New York—we just get this guy laid, we won't have any trouble!"
- Peck being an ass again and Egon having had enough.
- Trying to fight Gozer.
Venkman: Whatever it is, it has to get by us!
Venkman: GO GET HER, RAY!
- This is an Ironic Echo of Ray saying "GET HER!" to the ghost in the New York Public Library in the beginning of the movie, which Venkman was amused by.
- The entirety of their first case snagging Slimer is one long CMoF the second they reach the elevators.
Elderly Gent: What are you supposed to be, some kind of a cosmonaut?
Venkman: Hah! No, we're exterminators. Someone saw a cockroach up on 12.
Elderly Gent: That's gotta be some cockroach.
Venkman: [deadpan] Bite your head off, man.
[the elevator opens]
Stantz: Going up?
Elderly Gent: I'll take the next one.
- Dan Aykroyd's barely-hidden corpsing after Venkman's "Bite your head off, man" ad-lib.
- The calm bickering on the elevator over how their gear is untested leads to:
Ray: You know, it just occurred to me that we really haven't had a successful test of this equipment.
Egon: I blame myself.
Venkman: So do I.
Ray: Well, no sense in worrying about it now.
Venkman: Why worry? Each one of us is carrying an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back.
- Egon hits the power switch on Ray's proton pack that starts to loudly hum and he and Venkman try to move away in the cramped space
- After she's nearly vaporized by the Ghostbusters, the poor hotel maid can be seen pathetically trying to extinguish the burning carpet with her spray bottle.
Maid: ...What the hell are you doin'?
- This gem:
- Venkman deciding to try the tablecloth-pull trick he had always wanted to do, even though Slimer is loose in the ballroom. Everything breaks, but we get this:
Venkman: The flowers are still standing!
- From the capture, we have the immortal couplet.
Stantz: I'm opening the trap — Don't look directly into the trap!
[the trap is opened]
Spengler: I looked at the trap, Ray! [eyes widen]
- While it's never explained what looking into the trap actually does (most likely damages the eyes from the bright light), fan theory has it that it steals your soul. Egon seems no worse for wear after looking into the trap, which implies he doesn't have a soul to steal in the first place.
- After catching Slimer:
Ray: Sir, what you have there is what we refer to as a focused, non-terminal repeating phantasm, or a Class Five full roaming vapor. Real nasty one, too!
Peter: Now, let's talk seriously. For the entrapment, we're gonna have to ask you for four big ones. Four thousand dollars for that. But we are having a special this week on proton charging and storage of the beast, and that's only going to come to one thousand dollars, fortunately.
Hotel Manager: Five thousand dollars? I had no idea it would be so much. I won't pay it.
Peter: Well, that's all right. We can just put it right back in there.
Ray: We certainly can, Dr. Venkman.
Hotel Manager: No, no, no, no! All right!
- In the widescreen version, you can see Egon feeding them the numbers via hand signals. They're not even trying to hide it!
- Be glad the horse didn't turn out to be the Gatekeeper. Very glad.
- When Gozer is revealed as having taken on the form of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.
- The Smash Cut moment when, having arrived at the Dana's building to battle Gozer and been greeted like conquering Big Damn Heroes by the people, we cut to see the Ghostbusters exhaustedly pulling themselves up the stairs to reach Dana's floor.
Peter: Where are we?
Ray: Looks like the mid-teens.
Peter: Well, when we get to twenty let me know. I'm gonna throw up.
- After Gozer is destroyed and the damage is done, the Ghostbusters all emerge from the rubble. Everyone's covered head to toe in marshmallow foam except for Venkman who's relatively clean. There's a moment where the guys are looking at Venkman like, "Wait, what the hell?" Bonus points for the real-life reason for this — Murray had apparently had enough of being covered in slime and various other bits of gunk, and refused to be covered in marshmallow for the scene.
- On a related note, it looks as if Dana was killed in the explosion. Ray, who had been making jokes about the smell of burned dog hair, realizes his mistake and apologizes with extreme sincerity and sympathy. Peter turns around to look at him... to see him standing there quite seriously, covered in marshmallow.
- The completely serious way Venkman responds to the "Twinkie" metaphor.
Winston: Tell him about the Twinkie.
Venkman: [dead serious] ...What about the Twinkie?
- The Twinkie metaphor itself is pretty funny. Particularly Winston's deadpan, "That's a big Twinkie."
- When the boys are shooting at Gozer and Ray exclaims: "Aim for the flattop!"
- Winston applying to work for the Ghostbusters.
Janine: [completely deadpan] Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?
Winston: Ah... if there's a steady paycheck in it, I'll believe anything you say.
- When the police arrive at Ghostbuster HQ, Janine greets them with this priceless line:
Janine: Dropping off or picking up?
- Also her line during another endless day in the office:
Janine: I've quit better jobs than this. [answers the phone] Ghostbusters, whaddaya want?!
- Peter going to Dana's apartment to find she's been possessed by the a demon, Zuul, "the gate keeper".
Zuul: [opens the door] Are you the key-master?
Peter: Not that I know of.
[Zuul rolls her eyes and slams the door; Peter knocks again]
Zuul: Are you the key-master?
Peter: Yes! [Zuul lets him into the apartment]
- After she informs him of the coming of Gozer...
Are we still going out?
[...] Zuul: There is no Dana. There is only Zuul. Peter:
What a lovely
singing voice you must have.
Do you want this body? Peter: [beat]
Is this a trick question? Zuul:
I want you inside me. Peter: [laughs in surprise]
Go ahead!... No, I can't. It sounds like you've got at least two or three people in there already.
- When he's in Dana's apartment for the first time:
Peter: I'm gonna go for broke... I am madly in love with you.
Dana: I don't believe this. Will you PLEASE get out?
Peter: And then she threw me out of her life.
- Any scene with Egon and Janine is either this or a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. The scene where Egon rolls his eyes and awkwardly hugs Janine apparently went a little differently in the original script:
Egon, there's something very strange about that man. [she indicates Louis]
I'm very psychic usually and right now I have this terrible feeling that something awful is going to happen to you. I'm afraid you're going to die. Egon:
Die in what sense? Janine:
In the physical sense. Egon:
I don't care. I see us as tiny parts of a vast organism, like two bacteria living on a rotting speck of dust floating in an infinite void. Janine: That's so romantic. [she hugs him; Spengler responds awkwardly, not sure where to put his hands] Egon: [nervous]
You have nice clavicles. [he gulps]
I wonder where Stantz is. I think we're going to need him.
- "Take me now, subcreature."
- "We never talk anymore."
- "Egon, I'm a little fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing."
- And then, after Egon explains crossing the streams could mean The End of the World as We Know It:
"Right. That's bad.
Okay, all right. Important safety tip, thanks Egon."
- Gozer gives the Ghostbusters a choice of who would destroy their home. Venkman tells Stantz, Egon, and Zedd to not think of anything, which leads to this:
Venkman: Nobody choose anything! [motions over to Egon] Did you choose anything?!
Venkman: [motions to Winston] Did you?!
Winston: My mind is totally blank!
Venkman: I didn't choose anything!
[Egon, Venkman, and Winston all turn towards Stantz and begin to close in on him]
Stantz: I couldn't help it! It just popped in there!
Venkman: What? WHAT just "popped in there"?
Stantz: I-I tried to think!
Egon: [points] LOOK!
- The line Egon shouts wasn't always LOOK! In at least one original take, it was OH, FUCK! This was, sadly, cut due to the fact that the PG-13 rating didn't exist yet and one F bomb would have taken the movie from PG to R, but the idea of Egon of all characters shouting "fuck" at the top of his lungs is hilarious.
- After it turns out Tully and Dana are alive, they pull them out of the husks of their dog forms.
Tully: [looks at the wrecked roof] Man, the superintendent's gonna be pissed.
- The very last line of the Director's Commentary.
Joe Medjuck: [pointing at a credit] I had a secretary?!
- Roger Ebert stated that only line he laughed at was Venkman saying he brought some Laura Antonelli films for Dana's baby to watch.
- While the sequel is considered slightly inferior to the original, it does have this:
Venkman: Say, Johnny, where the hell are you from?
Janosz: Uh, de Upper Vest Side...
- Also from the sequel, when the Ghostbusters are committed:
Ray: As I explained before, we think the spirit of a 17th century Moldavian tyrant is alive and well in a painting at the Manhattan Museum of Art.
Psychiatrist: Uh-huh, and are there any other paintings in the museum with bad spirits in them?
Egon: You're wasting valuable time. He's drawing strength from a psychomagnotheric slime flow that's been collecting under the city.
Psychiatrist: Yes, tell me about the slime.
Winston: It's very potent stuff. We made a toaster dance with it. And a bathtub tried to eat his friend's baby.
Psychiatrist: A bathtub?
Venkman: Don't look at me. I think these people are completely nuts.
- Again from the sequel, the entire scene where Egon and Ray show Peter and Winston the effects of the mood slime, especially the dancing toaster.
Ray: We sing to it, talk to it, say... supportive, nurturing things to it.
Venkman: You're not sleeping with it, are you Ray?
(Ray shakes his head; Egon hangs his head in embarrassment.)
Winston: It's always the quiet ones.
Venkman: You hound.
- After the toaster's dance, Peter grabs and hugs the toaster, cooing they'll make a mint with goo-toasters. Egon reminds him that the thing will attack a family when they have an argument. Peter scoffs and this then pretends the toaster is eating his hand. In retaliation, Ray grabs Peter from behind and yells "GET HIM!" while Egon and Winston proceed to do just that.
- Louis' very helpful defense during the court room scene.
Louis: Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the ... of the audience, I don't think it's fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don't blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.
- We can't forget Louis' intro:
Louis: This isn't my kind of thing. I mostly do taxes, some probate stuff. I got my law degree at night school.
Ray: That's OK Louis. We were arrested at night. [face desk]
- The power-up sequence:
Re... Egon: Egon! [smiles]
- Singing to the over-privileged nine-year-olds.
Ray and Winston: [singing]
If there's something strange in the neighborhood, who you gonna call? Kids: [yelling] He-Man
He-Man! He-Man!... Ray and Winston: [trailing off]
And it don't look good...
- After the ghosts of the Scolari brothers are on the loose:
Judge Wexler: [grabbing Ray] You've gotta do something! Help me!
Ray: Don't talk to me, talk to my attorney.
Louis: And that's me! My clients are under a judicial mistrangement order! That blue thing I got from her! They could be exposing themselves!
Peter: And you don't want us exposing ourselves!
- Egon's initial reaction is pretty sweet, too:
Judge: You gotta do something!
Egon: Why don't you just tell them you don't believe in ghosts?
- After they've grabbed the prosecuting attorney:
Peter: You're next, bubbles.
- Plus, when the Scoleri Brothers appear, the first thing under Ray's mouth (as the 'Busters and Louis hide under their table) is an excited, "Wow!"
- Louis tells the story of Snow White in tax lingo.
- After Louis suits up and goes outside:
Louis: Boy, this thing is heavy...
- Later on, he goes to the museum via bus... while wearing full Ghosbusters gear... with Slimer as the driver.
- The discussion of Vigo's Rasputinian Death:
He was poisoned, stabbed, shot, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered. Peter: [beat]
- Our peek into Egon's childhood: "We had part of a Slinky, but I straightened it."
- Janosz's line after being hosed. "Vy am I drippings vith goo?"
- At the end of Pete, Ray, and Egon's fight with the Scoleri Brothers. When they activate the trap while heroic music is playing in the background, the way the music ended with the skinny brother getting sucked in with his glowing eyes bulging out wide before the trap's lid quickly shuts closed made it look like a funny cartoon sequence ending with funny cartoon music.
- Janine's one-sided phone conversations when business starts picking up: "I'm sorry, but they can't get to you until after the new year... Well then just don't go in there!"
- "Ray... we'd like to shoot the monster. Could you move, please?" And the fact that their immediate reaction to Ray being possessed is to immediately hose him down.
- Vigo doing his Badass Boast on New Year's Eve — and Janosz being bored out of his skull.
- Janosz tries to convince Dana that Vigo's possessing Oscar is a good thing.
Janosz: There are many perks to being the mother of a living god...
- Janosz trying a bit self-aggrandizement:
Soon it will be midnight, and the whole world will be mine and Vigo's. [beat]
- Ray attempts to be diplomatic to the Mayor of New York.
Ray: And I'd like to say that almost fifty percent of us voted for you in the last election.
- Egon's insults to the slime sample during his and Ray's demonstration to Peter and Winston.
Egon: You're nothing but an unstable short-chain molecule!
Egon: You have a WEAK electro-chemical bond!
- Made even funnier as the slime bubbles. No insult is too complicated for it to understand.
- How Egon describes how Peter's been since the first movie.
Egon: He was borderline for a while, then he crossed the border.
- A doorman, played by Bobby Brown asks Egon and Ray if they had an extra Proton Pack for his little brother.
Egon: The Proton Pack is not a toy.
Ray: He's probably right.
- Peter's speech to Vigo:
Venkman: Not so fast, Vigo! Hey, Vigo! Yeah, you. The bimbo with the baby. Anybody tell you the big shoulder look is out? You know, I have met some dumb blondes in my life, but you take the taco, pal! Only a *Carpathian* would come back to life now and choose New York! Tasty pick, bonehead! If you had brain one in that HUGE melon on top of your neck, you would be living the sweet life out in Southern California's beautiful San Fernando Valley!
- Deleted scene while in the Statue of Liberty:
Ray: We'll stay to the right of the channel, go ashore at battery, go up the westside highway to 57th fly up 9 across the park at 65.
Peter: What?! No, no, no, no... you want to go up FDR to 4-2, slide over to 5 and jump up 5.
Ray: Up 5? We can't go up 5! It's one-way going the wrong way!
Peter: Ray, we're walking a 150-foot national monument through Manhattan. You think we should worry about a traffic ticket?
- "The Titanic just arrived!"
Dockworker: [staring in disbelief, then almost shrugging as the ghostly passengers debark]
Well... better late than never!
- Vigo's attempt at intimidation after possessing Ray, and the subsequent reaction:
Vigo: Now I, Ray, as Vigo, shall rule the Earth! Begone, you pitiful half-men!
Peter: Now! [commence blasting]
- While piloting the Statue of Liberty.
We're running out of time, Ray, it's almost midnight. Can't you make her go any faster? Ray:
I'm afraid the vibrations will shake her to pieces. We should have padded her feet. Egon: I don't think they make Nikes in her size, Ray. Peter:
Hey, she's tough. She's a harbor chick!