Audiences had been captivated with the new “Ghostbusters” Movie, becoming one of the summer’s big blockbuster hits. It being a female led cast had been the concern fore many, some of whom criticized the producers choices in making the film that they did., Weeks after the movie came out, there were still posts going around on social media talking about which actors should have been brought on board the project, namely, male actors who should have been cast. However, the ticket sales would indicate that only was a female led movie successful, it was appealing to a larger market, and inspiring a new generation of women and girls with female heroes. It showed that women can be leaders, scientists, engineers, smart, and funny. It showed that women had the ability to be whomever they wanted to be, and could fight the supernatural villains and save the day.

The Power of female comedian was shown to the American market the “Bridesmaids” became a success, even earning Oscar nods, which in itself is a huge deal, as typically the academy ignores comedies all together. The fact that it was a movie that centered on the friendships of women made it all the more validating for women everywhere, that they and the bonds between them were valuable. Film distributors saw that this was marketable and profitable, and therefore decided to keep making movies with similar themes and dynamics. Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig both were part of the “Bridesmaids” dreamteam, and the addition of Kate McKinnon of Saturday Night Live, and comedienne Leslie Jones. Jones’ character, Patty Tolan, representing the women of color, especially the blunt and sassy ones, had all the best lines.

The one male that was included in the movie was Chris Helmsworth, who typically was a leading man in the various films that he had been in. In this movie, he had a supporting role, one was that was traditionally filled by woman. His character was a male that was sexualized, and played the part of the bimbo secretary. His character was an airhead, who could barely answer the phone. He wore glasses without glass, and typically fumbled around. He was hired for his sex appeal, to be eye candy for the characters and the audience, even though most of the characters did not respond to his attractiveness with lust. Someone like Marilyn Monroe, who as a young actress was under contract at Columbia Pictures, was typecast for most of her career as the bimbo/airhead/sex object. For all we know, she may be laughing from the other side of the spiritual veil at such a role choice. I can imagine her steepling her fingers, with a conniving smile saying “My revenge is complete!”

The character that has received a lot of commentary about sex appeal has been Jillian Holtzmann, played by Kate McKinnon. Women have been admitting to each other and on social media that the nerdy and brilliant genius of the androgynous Holtzmann has been very attractive, much more than the man that played Thor. Holtzmann was the one who created a lot of the equipment that the Ghostbusters utilized in their ghost hunting escapades, she had some interesting choices in fashion, and would be nerdy and awkward, and yet stole the hearts of many. She fit the old definition of queer, of being unconventional and eccentric, even mildly insane (according to Merriam-Webster’s definitions). And yet she is representing the contemporary definition of queer, being someone who is not cisgendered or heterosexual, although there is no specific indication in the movie that Holtzmann is gay. It is more her appearance and mannerisms that would indicate as such, and she has been celebrated by audiences for it.

It could be said that all of the characters were representing roles for females that were newer- the female scientist, the female genius, the female crimefighter. Kristin Wiig the woman who relearned to believe in herself and the power of friendships. Melissa McCarthy played a curvy women who was an action hero and a smart scientist. Kate McKinnon was gender-bending with her character. Leslie Jones, as Patty, was the street smart one who had faith in their cause and their group. It showed that women could work together and cooperate to meet common goals as a team, without a sense of competition or petty cat fights that other female oriented films chose to display, such as in the recent flop like “Gem and the Holograms.”

After seeing “Suicide Squad” in which the female protagonist spent most of the film in her underwear, I could appreciate the emphasis put on intelligence, skill and cooperation in “Ghostbusters.” one criticism that I have seen repeatedly for the movie is though it certainly is a more “feminist” film compared to its predecessors, the one women of color in it has a character that is not as educated or skilled as the others. Though Leslie Jones defended her character, saying that she played the regular person, it is obvious that the one women of color in some ways was shown to have less worth than the others. Sadly, this is nothing new; the film “Suffragette” was heavily criticized for not featuring the contributions of women of color in the Women’s Rights Movement. If a film about feminism ignores women of color, an action movie will not take up the cause of representation.

The need for more female role models, female leaders, female film directors, and women of color and queer identified people being visible in the media are evident. Women of numerous backgrounds challenge the patriarchal culture that we live in everyday. We need to keep on doing so to have more women represented not just in movies, but in all fields, including government. Perhaps the next “Ghostbusters” reboot will have not just have women, but a multi-ethnic cast of different gender identities as well. The world needs all the paranormal crime fighters that we can get!