Grooves, the beloved ’80s comedy starring Bill Murray with his ghost hunters co-star Harold Ramis, is back on Netflix just in time for the release of Ghostbusters: the afterlife, in which the death of the character of Ramis plays a key role in the plot. Comedy legend John Candy also titled the film, which featured a star cast (and future stars) including Sean Young (Dune, Blade runner), Warren Oates (Two-way blacktop, Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia), Timothy Busfield (West wing, Thirty-some), Jean Larroquette (Night court, Richie rich), Reinhold J. (the Beverly Hills cop franchise) and PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie).
Murray’s character in Grooves finds himself without leadership after losing his job and his girlfriend, and convinces his best friend (Ramis) to join the military with him. According to the official film synopsis, “After his barely satisfactory performance in basic training, the irreverent Winger emerges as the figurehead of a motley group of misfits in the military. However, his hijackings threaten to provoke an international scandal when he inadvertently requisitions a military assault vehicle behind enemy lines.
Grooves is somewhat overshadowed by some of Murray’s later successes, as well as Robin Williams Good morning Vietnam, which similarly approached the idea of a loud stranger turning the army upside down. Still, it remains beloved by critics and fans alike, and has managed to cement its place in pop culture in the 30 years since its release.
Directed by Reitman, which would reunite Murray and Ramis in ghost hunters, Grooves earned around $ 85 million in theaters upon release ($ 257 million after adjusting for inflation) on a budget of around $ 10 million. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 88% approval rating and an average rating of 6.6 / 10.
Grooves Also has a dedicated fan base among people too young to have watched it in theaters in 1981, as it was a staple of cable TV in the 90s. An extended edition of Grooves was released on DVD on June 7, 2005, with new features and commentary from the cast and crew. The film also got a 3-day theatrical release from Fathom Events in August and September to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
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