The 16 Most Delightfully 80s Things in ‘Ghostbusters’

My wife was dangerously close to roping me into a Flip or Flop marathon on HGTV last weekend. Once again, I looked to my trusty steed Netflix Instant for liberation.

I lacked the ambition necessary to start one of the series I have parked in my queue, I don’t have a binge in me right now. I watched Ghostbusters. One thing I noticed this time: though it represents a huge part of what made the 80s great, it doesn’t come off as a movie stuck in that time period. If the biggest update necessary to bring the movie current is changing the tagline to “Who ya gonna call or click (and leave a glowing review of on Yelp)?”, then Ghostbusters holds up pretty well.

That didn’t stop me from noticing some delightfully 80s things (mostly in the background) of Ghostbusters:

Janine’s desk (specifically the PC and phone)

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Dana’s hair and the computers behind her

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That microwave

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Janine’s glasses

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This television set

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Dana’s livingroom

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This Coke can

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The fact that people had Perrier in their fridge

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This (unregistered) New York license plate (I miss the old design- simple & refined)

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Smoking inside a place of business 

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Larry King’s workspace

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This baby boombox

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“You do your job pencilneck, dont tell me how to do mine!” (The term ‘pencilneck’ will always remind me of Classy Freddie Blassie. Quintessential 80s.)

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“I gotta split, the mayor wants to rap with me about some things.” (not necessarily 80s, but it’s my favorite line)

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These police cars

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This Big Wheel every kid on my street had (besides me)

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