If you really freaking love Ghostbusters, you’re in luck. Not only is everyone hyped about the all-female Ghostbusters reboot that’s getting made, but now we can be doubly hyped because there is, as SONY puts it, an “all-male” Ghostbusters reboots also in the works.
Title IX apparently now requires that anytime a movie gets made that stars female characters, a separate but equal movie must also be made that stars men.
That’s a lie. What’s not a lie is how absurd it is that they are rebooting the same film twice, at the same time. I know that Hollywood loves reboots, but I thought we already reached the bottom of the barrel when we decided to remake Footloose, shot-for-shot (the original was already perfect). Or when we made The Hangover Part 2, which was also a shot-for-shot remake of the first movie. Technically Hangover 2 was a sequel, but it was so unremarkably similar that I count it as a reboot.
I’m extremely disappointed. Hollywood is already, deservedly, accused of sexism all the time. Most film characters are men, and a bajillion movies feature gratuitous female nudity. Female nudity has been a standard concept in film since forever. Even something like Birdman, an undeniably epic film, had some lesbian action that really didn’t contribute much to the rest of the movie.
It’s rare to get female-centric films today that are actually good. I can only think of a handful: Mean Girls, Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids… um, I’m sure there are a few others. Except there aren’t. They just don’t make movies starring women, as if women are somehow inferior or undeserving (obviously untrue).
I’m at a loss for words. This is perhaps the worst Hollywood decision that’s ever been made (then again, this industry did cancel and then un-cancel The Interview). The “traditional” “all-male” Ghostbusters reboot, coming on the heels of news about an all-female Ghostbusters reboot, reinforces the sexist ideologies of film today, as well as the insatiable thirst for cashing in on successful franchises, milking them for long after they’ve been dried out.