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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: When we first meet Patty and Rowan, the latter takes a moment out to say that nobody cares about her, and that when the Fourth Cataclysm comes, "laborers" like her will be the last to die. Is Rowan genuinely taking pity on a fellow lower member of society and offering what he thinks are kind words in his own warped mind, or is he just screwing with her?
  • Anvilicious: Female empowerment is very much a theme of the film. However, it occasionally comes across as clunky due to the negative portrayal of men being stupid, wrong, and/or evil.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise:
    • Many have dismissed the film for being a remake of Ghostbusters (1984) instead of a sequel (as the trailer text sort of implies with "30 years ago", but it's appealing to nostalgia instead). Others would have preferred that there be no more Ghostbusters movies, especially since Harold Ramis (Egon) has passed away and it's now impossible to get the whole original crew back together.
    • It's a remake of Ghostbusters with a female team. Like the talk of all-female Expendables movies from years ago, this has become controversial in itself.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Patty sparked debates over whether or not her savvy qualities and knowledge of New York history cancel out any offensiveness caused by her stereotypical Sassy Black Woman humor and lack of a Ph.D. This is made more complicated due to the director revealing that the role was originally written for Melissa McCarthy, until he was impressed enough by Leslie Jones in a few Saturday Night Live sketches to switch things around.
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    • Kevin's stupidity makes him either entertaining comic relief, or an obnoxious detriment to the team.
  • Better on DVD: Some of the scenes added to the extended cut help flesh out Rowan and Erin, including the reason Erin separates from the other Ghostbusters for a while.
  • Broken Base:
    • Is the movie a refreshing take on a classic franchise with proven actresses leading the way to sure success, or an unnecessary rehash that feels like a pathetic attempt at appealing to politically correct sensibilities? Everyone has an opinion, and those who are vocal about theirs feel very strongly about it. There are also those who couldn't care one way or another about the "Political Correctness" debate, but insist that the original film only works because of the specific combination of its four stars, and are worried about trying to rehash the original story with new actors.
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    • Are the visual effects awesome or underwhelming for a $154 million budget? People don't seem to agree on this, either.
    • Is the fact that it's a reboot instead of a continuation a good or a bad thing? There's an argument for both sides.
  • Catharsis Factor: After the mayor pretending not to know about the ghosts and harassing the Ghostbusters into silence, it's a bit of Rooting for the Empire that Rowan through Kevin turns him and the army into People Puppets, making them dance around 'cause it's cool.
  • Crazy Awesome: Holtzmann: Nuclear engineer, can find seven uses for a cadaver on sight, and nonchalantly noms on Pringles when faced with evidence of the afterlife.
    Jillian: You try saying no to these salty parabolas.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Holtzbert (Jillian Holtzmann x Erin Gilbert) is by far the most heavily shipped pairing launched by the film. This is partly thanks to a combination of the "Rhythm of the Night" sequence, a deleted scene in which Holtzmann declares she and Erin are dating; additionally, Holtzmann introducing herself to Erin has been openly described by Kate McKinnon as flirtatious.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The Extended Edition adds a scene where Erin gets involved in a public scandal, and Patty advises her to "shake off" haters' efforts to shame her. Leslie Jones ended up having to heed those words after she became hacked and harassed online; this became a little less harsh by the time the Ghostbusters Extended Edition hit home video, when she used the incidents as basis for new SNL sketches.
  • He Really Can Act: Chris Hemsworth becomes chilling when playing a Rowan-possessed Kevin. His voice becomes lower and his body language drastically changes. You can believe the movie's Ditzy Secretary just became a competent supervillain.
  • Informed Wrongness: Erin is treated as ridiculous for wanting Abby to take down their book from Amazon. Except...she makes a lot of legitimate points that she never gave her consent on it, and it's implied Abby is withholding Erin's share of the royalties out of bitterness towards their grudge. Not helping matters is that Abby does it again, posting a video of the ghost at the Aldridge Mansion without Erin's consent, which went viral and got Erin fired. Her only response to a crying Erin is to offer to hire her at the university where she works. What's more, when you're ridiculed for years because you saw a ghost and couldn't convince anyone, you would do all you can to deny the lady who stood overyour bed for a year.
  • Les Yay: Holtzmann is quite flirtatious with the other female characters throughout the movie, but is particularly so with Erin, who frequently appears awkward but otherwise flattered by her attentions.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • In spite of the first trailer being torn to shreds by fans and being massively downvoted by the majority of those who saw it, it still managed to gain 24 million views across multiple social media platforms in 24 hours, surpassing the amount of views that the first trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence got in the same amount of time.
    • Subverted when the bad publicity hindered sales, leading to a Box Office Bomb.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • Most of the cameos from the original movie's cast membersnote  can provide highlights for viewers of both pictures.
    • The skeletal ringmaster ghost who serves as a Mook Lieutenant only appears briefly during the final fight, but he's tall, imposing, and creepy.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: This has been cited as a reason for the film not performing well at the box office. The many arguments and fights between the film's detractors, its supporters, and the staff involved in its creation have become next to impossible to ignore even for those who were not previously interested or didn't even know the film existed.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games:
    • The self-titled Ghostbusters presented a rushed-to-market bore, that didn't even feature the same main characters. The developer filed for bankruptcy a few days after its release.
    • The LEGO Dimensions Story Pack adapted from the movie fared better critically, but might still seem overpriced for a game that only takes about three hours to finishnote , and suffered from some critical bugs. Most dangerously, some players have reported the game freezing up on the last level, and upon rebooting the console, finding their progress for all of the dimensions erased.
  • The Scrappy: Even those who like the new team and Kevin would admit that Rowan has too weak a backstory and forgettable a presence for their first Big Bad.
  • Signature Scene:
    • For many with a negative view of the movie, the scene from the second trailer where Patty insults a crowd of people while expecting her to catch them, then accuses them of racism and/or sexism when they don't catch hernote  is considered a perfect representation of the film and the director's attitude.
    • People who do like the movie would pick Holtzmann licking her pistols and zapping ghosts, to demonstrate how kick-ass it could be when not trying too hard to emulate the original film.
  • So OK, It's Average: What the general critical response has boiled down to. Most reviews, aside from diehard fans of the original or people who were biased in favour of the film, fell into the category of saying that it wasn't as bad as the trailers made it out to seem, but not a good film in its own right.
  • Special Effect Failure: One of the common criticisms of the trailers is that the CG graphics, particularly for the ghosts, look very cheap and cartoonish, as if they were taken straight out of a live action Scooby-Doo film or The Haunted Mansion.
  • Tainted by the Preview: When the trailer came out, reactions were extremely divided, with many feeling that the film was relegated to a standard comedy movie rather than the horror/comedy mix that made the original famous. Of course, those who defended the movie also pointed out that the all-female cast was similar to the original cast on the grounds that, with the exception of Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis in the original movie, they were all cast members of Saturday Night Live. Some fans ended up resorting to making their own versions of the trailers in order to fix most of the problems the trailer had (such as removing humorless jokes and unnecessary one-liners). Melissa McCarthy herself has called the trailer a terrible depiction of the movie, though she was mostly concerned with the "thirty years ago" opening giving the false impression that the film would be in the same continuity as the original.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: A lot of people were not pleased when they heard that the Ghostbusters would now be secret government workers, and that the government is keeping the ghosts a secret from the public.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Both cuts of the film (as well as some deleted takes) dance around the fact that Rowan is an Evil Counterpart of the team, and fleshing out how he was similarly bullied all of his life like the main cast could've helped make him a more interesting villain.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Accusations of racism have been leveled surrounding the character of Patty, the only major non-white character in the film, who is portrayed as a Street Smart Sassy Black Woman. She's the only Ghostbuster that lacks a college level education (she's a subway employee) while her white teammates all have PhDs in their respective fields.
    • The film has been criticized on its portrayal of male characters, as according to an editorial by Andre Einherjar from Midnight's Edge every single male character in the movie is either inept, incompetent, an idiot, an asshole, or some combination of all of the above.


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