It's been five years since the Sumerian God of destruction, Gozir the Gozirian, brought his wrath down upon New York City. And the heroes who brought him down, The Ghostbusters, are forced out of business by a spate of lawsuits over the property damage they caused.
Dr. Raymond "Ray" Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) owns a bookstore; he and and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) earn money performing at parties, taking verbal abuse from kids. Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) has a job at a Columbia University laboratory, and Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) hosts a psychic television show.
Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), who had been possessed by Zuul the Gatekeeper, has a son now – Baby Oscar (William T. and Hank J. Deutschendorf) – the result of being married to a concert violinist who left and joined the London Symphony Orchestra. She now earns a living as a restorer in the Manhattan Museum of Art, where her boss, Dr. Janiz Poha (Peter McNicol), keeps coming on to her.
A painting of Vigo the Carpathian (Wilhelm Von Homburg) comes to life and takes possession of Janiz, ordering him to bring him a child.
There is another problem: Pink ooze is invading the city. And a strange thing happens to Oscar – his carriage starts moving all by itself on a busy street. Ray, Egon and Venkman investigate her apartment and the street. There's something strange under the street – a river of slime. It reacts to human emotional states ... and it's got tentacles.
When they're arrested and tried for a bunch of transgressions, they're defended by Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), who had been possessed by Vinz Clortho the Keymaster and who got his law degree online. (The prosecuting attorney is played by Janet Margolin, in her final film.) A pair of gangster ghosts that invade the courtroom are no match for the boys, who prove their worth.
The Ghostbusters are back in business and joined by their former office manager, Janine Melnitz (the still ever-so-cute Annie Potts). Janine and Louis connect while babysitting Oscar.
It turns out there IS a connection between Vigo and the never-ending river of pink slime, and the boys are on the job. It's time to convince Mayor Lenny (David Marguiles) once again.
Too late. There's chaos in the streets and Oscar is swiped. The Ghostbusters (plus Louis) are back (again) and the rest, you have to see for yourself (the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man had nothing on the pink slime). Go, Miss Liberty!
Trivia notes: Max Von Sydow dubbed the lines spoken by Vigo the Carpathian (Wilhelm Von Homburg). Bill Murray's brother, Brian Doyle-Murray, played the mental hospital psychiatrist. Vigo was based on Vkad the Impaler and Rasputin. Director Ivan Reitman's son, Jason (wise-mouthed kid) and daughter, Catherine (girl with puppy), appeared in the film. Bill Murray was disappointed in the film ("whole lot of slime, not much of us").
Ghostbusters II had the biggest three-day opening in history, but Batman broke its record a week later. Produced on a $37-million budget, Ghostbusters II ended up with an impressive box office of $215.4 million. But it's definitely not on the same level as the first one. Not even close.
"We had part of a Slinky. But I straightened it." – Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis)
"Peter? Well, he was borderline for a while. Then he crossed the border." – Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis)
"Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker's God-given right." – Mayor Lenny (David Marguiles)
"I used to have a roommate, but my mom moved to Florida." – Louis Tully (Rick Moranis)