5 Reasons You'll Avoid the 'Ghostbusters' Reboot

The most controversial movie of the year hits theaters this week.

It doesn't involve politics, abortion or other white-hot issues. It's about four women who fight ghosts to save the world.

How did we get here?

It started when the reboot of the beloved 1984 comedy cast four women, not men, as the Ghostbusting quartet. That isn't bad on the surface. Heck, it's a clever way to distinguish the reboot from the source material.

It still rankled some hardcore fans. Yet that's far from the film's only trouble spot.

Here are five reasons why audiences may take a pass on the film when it opens July 15. This has nothing to do with the film's quality, mind you. The reboot is now a part of the culture wars, plain and simple. It's also a movie with some serious red flags.

1. That Trailer

The first "Ghostbusters" trailer became the most disliked movie preview in YouTube history? That's not fair, since we've already suffered through many movie trailers that were clearly worse. Yet given the expectations attached to the film, that awful trailer deserved that chilly reception. Plus, in 2016 movie trailers matter. We eagerly await them, pore over every detail and share them with friends via social media. When the "Ghostbusters" trailer landed with a thud, everyone heard it.