It’s very difficult for me to review a movie I love. My desire to share the film has to be tempered with the responsibility I feel is necessary for every reviewer not to give away spoilers. This becomes increasingly difficult when the movie in question not only became a huge box office success, but then launches into a multi-decade franchise that embeds its quotes, characters, and props into pop culture. I was a college student back in 1984 and the perfect target demographic for Ghostbusters. And I confess, it was one of those rare films I saw in the theater more than once, usually with a group of friends, half of whom had already seen it as well. I finally settled on a tack for doing this review when I started thinking about the unabashed silly joy of the film and searched my memory for other movies I’ve seen that shared with the audience that same joy.
The titles that jumped up and bit me were:
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)