‘Ghostbusters’ Review

Plot points for Ghostbusters discussed below.

While watching the new Ghostbusters, I was reminded of the hacky, groan-worthy comedy-inside-a-comedy from the second season of Ricky Gervais’ Extras.

In the show, Gervais’ Andy Millman partnered with the BBC to create a sitcom about working in a factory. It was like a funhouse mirror of Gervais’ hit show The Office: instead of being cynical and real and sometimes sweet like The Office, When the Whistle Blows was a stereotypically hacky Britcom. It was filled with characters that pulled funny faces in lieu of actually acting, and was riddled with catchphrase-driven punch lines.

In other words, the humor was broad.

A similar problem haunts this week’s reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise. As When the Whistle Blows...

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Jul 15th 2016
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