Top 11 Moments You Never Noticed in Ghostbusters
March 18th, 2014
Nostalgia Critic: Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. With the passing of (picture of) Harold Ramis recently, a lot of people have been wondering if I was gonna do anything related to, arguably his most popular film, Ghostbusters.
(Clips of the movie play)
NC (vo): It seems silly not to, seeing how I've seen this movie more times than I've seen the sun. But what do you say about a film that's so popular that it's already been talked to death?
NC: I mean, what am I supposed to do? Talk about all the tiny, really unimportant stuff that you never noticed in the past?
(Just as he said that, the William Tell Overture plays as the title, "Top 11 Tiny Really Unimportant Stuff You Never Noticed in the Past!" appears)
NC (vo): Yes, we've all seen this film a ton of times, but the best movies are the ones you often have to watch over and over again in order to catch everything. And even though I'm sure there's more subtle touches throughout this film, these are the ones you most likely have missed. Not behind the scenes and not in pre-production, but right in front of you the whole time.
NC: And I'm here to count down the Top 11 today. Why Top 11? Because I like to go one step beyond. So, sit back and enjoy the Top 11 moments you never noticed in Ghostbusters.
(Everytime the countdown goes to a new transition, we're greeted by the Ghostbusters logo)
11. This Hand is Copping a Feel.
(The scene in question has Dana Barrett being held down by demon hands on her chair)
NC (vo): This hand is totally copping a feel. (An arrow points to the hand in question groping one of her breasts) I know a lot of people are distracted by the fact this is such a shit-your-pants scary scene, but look at that. It's totally manhandling her. There's even one scene where her boob totally pops out of her sweater. (The arrow changes to "almost" as the same demon hand nearly pulls her boob out) You see? I don't care if you turn her into a possessed demon of the night, but bad touch simply won't be tolerated.
(Clip from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog)
Sonic: No one has the right to touch you if you don't want them to.
NC (vo): You tell them, Sonic.
10. Stay Puft Appears Three Times.
NC (vo): The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man actually appears three times in the movie. You all know the big finish, but he also appears in Dana Barrett's groceries (An arrow points to a marshmallow bag) and on the side of a billboard while the ghosts are released. Guess he just wanted to make his role bigger, cause clearly he wasn't big enough.
Peter: Mother puss bucket.
9. Egon Looks Down at His Mark
NC (vo): Egon looks down at his mark during his commercial. This matches perfectly as Ray is clearly too into his role.
Ray: Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night?
NC (vo): Peter could barely give a crap.
Peter: Do you or any of your family ever see a spook, specter or ghost?
NC (vo): And Egon can't even manage to keep eye contact with the camera.
Egon: Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic?
NC (vo): Top it all off with these three awkward smiles and you got an ad you'll never forget.
All three: We're ready to believe you!
8. Nobody is Checked by the EMT
NC (vo): Nobody is checked by the EMT. Except for Louis for some reason. It's understandable that after destroying a giant marshmallow man and crossing the streams that could've resulted in (at the same time as Ray) total protonic reversal (normal) that some medical examination or doctor check-up would be required. And yet Louis is the only one who seems to get it. Why? Dana Barrett was a dog, too.
Louis: I wanna go with them in the car!
NC (vo): No, he's right! How come he can't go with them in the car? There's no reason not to! Why does he get the special treatment by...not getting the special treatment? Well, let's just end with Dana and Peter giving an awkward kiss, to a loving kiss, to Peter showing off, making it an awkward kiss again.
Ray: What an asshole.
7. Does This Line Sound Familiar?
NC (vo): Does this line sound familiar?
Peter: Go get her, Ray!
NC (vo): Yeah, the joke is that Peter is speaking for them as a team and then sends in Ray to do the hard work, but does it possibly remind you of an earlier scene?
Ray: Get her!
(Peter, Ray and Egon are chased out of the library by the Gray Lady)
NC (vo): Yep, the joke is made suddenly funnier when you realize this is all part of Peter's sweet revenge for getting their asses scared off earlier. Even down to using the exact same term, "Get her."
Peter: That oughta do it. Thanks very much, Ray.
6. How Do Poor People Afford Video Games?
NC (vo): How do poor people afford video games? The Ghostbusters constantly talk about how they pine for money in the first half of the movie. Well, if that's the case, where the hell did they get three arcade games from?! Was Atari really so important that you couldn't live without it?
Ray: This magnificent feast here represents the last of the petty cash.
NC (vo): Well, at least we have the (poster of) "Big Trouble in Little China" pinball game. Or... whatever that is.
5. Egon Hand-Signals Peter
NC (vo): When figuring out the price for their first job, Egon signals Peter for how much it costs. Of course, when they start up, they claim they've done this a million times.
Ray: We handle this kind of thing all the time.
NC (vo): But when it comes to the numbers, they're still not sure what the protocol is. But they want to look more professional than they are, so they work off each other to figure out the exact amount.
Peter: Now, for the entrapment, (an arrow points to Egon briefly signaling to Peter with his four fingers) we're gonna have to ask you for four big ones. Four thousand dollars for that. But we are having a special this week on proton charging and storage of the beast, (an arrow points to Egon signaling with his index finger) and that's only going to come to one thousand dollars.
NC (vo): Sneaky!
4. Windex Solves Everyting
NC (vo): You remember the Ghostbusters burning up the cleaning woman's cart, but did you ever notice that she tried to put out the fire with Windex? Does that work? Maybe "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was right.
(clip from the aforementioned movie plays briefly)
3. Ron Jeremy, Carl Winslow and Ivan Reitman All Make Appearances
NC (vo): Ron Jeremy, Carl Winslow and Ivan Reitman all make appearances. Yep, right after the containment unit is shut down, one of the onelookers is, strangely enough, the famous porn star Ron Jeremy. (an arrow points to Ron Jeremy's cameo) He doesn't seem to play a porn star in this, almost seems he was on his way to a shoot. However, "Family Matters" star Reginald VelJohnson does play a cop just like he did as Carl Winslow.
Jail guard (played by VelJohnson): Okay, Ghostbusters! The mayor wants to see you guys.
NC (vo): His appearance is brief, but, like most people, we like to think that his role here, his role in "Family Matters", and his role in "Die Hard" were all the same guy, just undercover. Hey, maybe the kid he's shot in "Die Hard" was (picture of) Steve Urkel.
Steve Urkel (dubbed over by Doug): I am most wanted! (gunshot is heard)
NC (vo): And yes, even the film's director was in this movie. For he did supply the voice for both Slimer and Zuul.
Zuul: There is no Dana, only Zuul.
(clip of Slimer screaming is shown)
NC (vo): Well, to quote Peter...
Peter: What a lovely singing voice you must have.
2. Day, Night, Then Day Again?
NC (vo): The climax starts out during the day, goes on to night, but then suddenly comes out day again. Okay. We can keep the movie a little bit of leeway in terms of how long the final battle took, but... eight hours?! Even if you argue that Gozer made the sky dark, it still clears up to reveal stars after she's destroyed. The climax is at maximum 20 minutes long, but the movie is indicating that it took over maybe seven hours. By God! Did it really take them that long to go up those stairs? Next time, try to take (clip from commercial of) Ecto-2.
Peter: Yeah, we do more damage that way.
1. Walter Peck is 100% Right
NC (vo): And the Number 1 moment you never noticed in Ghostbusters is... Walter Peck is 100% right. I know I'm not the first person to say this, but Peck is totally justified in what he is doing. He may be one of the most enjoyably hateable characters in movie history, but what is he trying to do?