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Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG)

Starring Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, McKenna Grace

Directed by Jason Reitman

​​​​​​​Jason Reitman, who is better known for personal dramas (Juno, Up in The Air), dips his toes into blockbuster water with this belated (second) sequel — with zilch to do with Paul Feig’s 2016 all-female reboot — to his father Ivan’s 1984 classic Ghostbusters, with depressingly lukewarm results. The story follows single mum Carrie Coon and her kids Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace as they uproot to a remote burg where her estranged father and OG Ghostbuster Egon Spengler (the late Harold Ramis) has left them a big-ass spooky house — and a mystery to solve. Knowledge of the first movie is integral because Afterlife is awash with nostalgia and fan service. The bad news is, it’s too busy being self-referential (and reverential) that it has no self to refer to. The supernatural thrills and small-town ennui mash-up fails to generate excitement; the always-reliable Paul Rudd, aka The Sexiest Man Alive, adds much-needed spark as potential suitor/comic relief but is eventually benched in the final showdown — when the surviving OG spectral fumigators (Bill Murray! Dan Aykroyd! Ernie Hudson!) turn up to save the day (great timing!). Alas, as a fan of the property, I can’t help but wonder if my time is better spent just re-watching the original movie. (2.5/5 stars)

Photo: TPG News/Click Photos

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