Ghouls and anonymous internet commentators - who have flocked to their thumbs-down buttons ahead of the film's release - share plenty of characteristics.
In his corner he has the best comic actor of the decade, Melissa McCarthy, the klutzy wit of Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live" standout Kate McKinnon and the big-screen breakthrough of Leslie Jones, the film's secret weapon.
Wiig is a physics professor trying to make tenure at Columbia, but she's disgraced by her latent belief in the paranormal.
Jones, who plays a subway worker, might have been expected to be the broadest performer of the bunch given the knockout punch of her "SNL" appearances, but her character is impressively grounded.
[...] the freewheeling and funny solidarity of the four leads wins out in the end, even if Feig shows more timidity than he did in "Bridesmaids," "The Heat" or "Spy."
Feig's film may be a feminist milestone: a big ol' popcorn movie taken over by women, (something that should have happened long ago and engendered far less vitriol).