Took my daughter (8) to Ghostbusters today. Let me tell you, this is an amazing movie.
The dialog isn’t perfect. There are plot holes. But that doesn’t matter.
What matters is that this is an awesome movie about bad ass women being real.
We have a fat girl who is shown eating. Repeatedly. And there’s never a joke about it. Let me repeat that. We see women eat and they never comment on what they’re eating or being self conscious about it. I’ve never seen that in a big budget movie. “I shouldn’t be eating this” or “this is going to go straight to my thighs” doesn’t happen. There are jokes about food, absolutely, but they’re jokes about food. Not jokes about girls eating food.
We have women in what is as far from sexy of clothing as possible. The biggest badass fight scene shows a Tankgirl-esque BAMF kicking ass in a dirty cover-all. No tight shot on the butt. No flowing perfect hair. No cleavage shot. Just a woman fucking shit up to save her friends and her world.
Let’s talk about that. There’s no romantic subplot. This isn’t some princess being forced to save her prince. This isn’t some tiger mom saving her children. These are women who are fighting for their friends and for their city. Because it’s the right thing to do and they know that they’re the only ones who can do it.
The only important male figure is a send up of women in action films. He’s a ditz. He’s eye candy. He’s a sex object. He’s every April O'Neil, every Buttercup, every Kelly Bundy that girls are subjected to time and again in TV and cinema.
Make sure to keep an eye out for cameos. There are two big ones missing, one for sad reasons and I’m not sure on the other. But they’re beautifully crafted.
There’s foul language. There’s scary shit. There’s a little bit of sexual innuendo (but surprisingly little). So be cautious with the little ones.
But this has the female role models we need our girls to have. They’re smart. They’re loyal. They’re sassy. They’re funny. They’re kick ass. They’re vulnerable. They’re real.
Go see it. If you don’t like it, then I’m sorry but I’d like to hear why (unless it’s “there are plot holes,” yeah they’re awful).
My daughter had this to say about it:
“It was awesome. It could be a little bit scarier in some parts but could have been scarier in other parts, but maybe not since I’m an 8 year old girl.
I loved the characters. I loved that they were all women. They don’t all have to be men and it shows how cool girls can be.
It’s a really, really, really good movie!”