Jon Heder will forever be known as Napoleon Dynamite, no matter how many movies he does. Ghost Team is like Napoleon Dynamite if you replace tater tots with ghost hunting. If you’re bored on a Friday night and looking to relieve a little 90s nostalgia, then head to Netflix for Ghost Team.
Heder plays a down on his luck copy store owner named Louis who dreams of making it to Ghost Getters. A paranormal investigation show mimicking Ghost Hunters and included Steve Gonsalves and Jason Hawes from the show. The group needs a member and invited intrepid ghost hunters to make a video to audition for the show.
An elderly man comes into his shop and tells him all about this property he owns that dangers and haunted. He wanted plenty of no trespassing signs. This gives Louis the idea of visiting the site and performing his own investigation. He just needed equipment and a team.
He enlists his friend, Stan, whose life left him at the altar, but has convinced himself she’s been kidnapped by aliens. Zak works as a tech store and offers equipment to be a part of the team. While “borrowing” the equipment, security guard Ross catches them in the act and threatens to contact the police, but relents after being offered a position on the team.
The team is rounded out by fake-psychic Victoria and Louis’ friend and store neighbor Ellie. Once they get to the site, they realize something strange is going on and they may have found the mother load of paranormal activity.
Ghost Team isn’t breaking any new cinematic ground. It’s a basic story line where a group of losers band together and learn that they have the stuff of heroes inside them. Yada Yada Yada. I told you it’s the same movie just without tater tots.
The movie isn’t bad, but if you’re a horror fan, you’ll see the big twist coming a mile away. There were a few chuckles and a fast-enough pace to keep me interested, but many of the jokes fell flat and with a been-done-a-million-times plot it’s fair at best. If you’ve got a little time to kill on a Friday night and enjoy horror comedies, then make time for Ghost Team.
The highlight of the film was the cast. Heder does a great job playing the same character he always does. David Krumholtz as Stan gets a little tiresome with the depression comedy, but Paul Down’s Zak and Justin Long’s Ross are a perfect comedic pair. They play off each other well and it felt like their lines has that fresh originality and fun of improvisation.
Check out the trailer below.