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Ghostbusters II: Honest Trailers slimes 1989 sequel

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Be it negative comments over its all-female cast, fears of ruined nostalgia, or a less-than-pleasing trailer, the upcoming Ghostbusters movie has been the center of scrutiny for a while now. 

But the folks at Honest Trailers thinks its unwarranted, instead directing the “ruinous” fan comments toward 1989’s Ghostbusters II.

Right from the jump, the Screen Junkies-created show announces the backlash against the new comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. “Before you see the reboot that the internet thinks will be an unfunny attempt to cash in on your nostalgia for the original Ghostbusters,” the narrator calls out regarding presumptions about the reboot, “revisit the unfunny attempt at a sequel that already kind of took care of that: Ghostbusters II.”

Addressing the trouble many sequels have run into, the trailer analyzes the second movie’s set-up that New York City doesn’t trust the ghost-busting team. “Did everyone forget that the city was invaded by ghosts? What about the 100-foot tall marshmallow man that destroyed part of the city?”

The breakdown brilliantly depicts side-by-side scene comparisons between the original film and the sequel, revealing the ghostly similar plot. They even go as far to say, “Everything in the plot is exactly the same as the first movie — but bad.” Sealing the deal on the commentary, the trailer concludes with a zing on another, more recent, sequel: “Every generation has its Hangover 2.”

The new Ghostbusters opens in theaters Friday. See the full Ghostbusters II Honest Trailer, above. 

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