Paul Rudd Movies: Three to See Before 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife'

The rebirth of the Ghostbusters franchise is bringing the ageless Paul Rudd into the fold, so to prepare we picked out three movies you should see first.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Paul Rudd Movies - Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? For the youngsters reading this, you might not have an answer. But for everyone else, we're hoping you just yelled "Ghostbusters!" out loud. Or at least said it in your head. The revival of the iconic '80s film is bringing back almost all of the usual suspects and introducing a new generation of ghost hunters. Also, they've recruited the loveable Paul Rudd. He's taking on the role of Mr. Chad Grooberson, a teacher who knows his geology. He also knows a little something about the legendary Ghostbusters. Rudd will be guiding the new generation of young Ghostbusters in order to prevent the world from any more unexplainable earthquakes. To give you a sense of what Paul Rudd brings to the table, we've chosen three of his movies you should check out before "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."

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    Paul Rudd Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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    You may be surprised to learn that Paul Rudd has actually played a teacher in movies before this new gig. And we're not even counting his surf instructor role in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." His role in this film as Mr. Anderson is more along the lines of a secondary supporting character. But he still makes a huge impact. Rudd tries to inspire the kids in his English class and ends up bonding with one in particular (Logan Lerman) over their shared love of reading. There's no doubt that Rudd is a walking masterclass when it comes to comedy. But he's also not afraid to take on more serious roles like this.

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    Paul Rudd Movies: Ant-Man

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    The next flick on our list is the film where Rudd made his transition from funny guy to action hero. Since his debut as one of the MCU's fan favorite superheroes, Ant-Man, Rudd has been looked at in a different light. We would even say that we think his casting in "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" stems from his success in the Marvel Universe. We're also very much looking forward to seeing what he'll do in the highly anticipated MCU film "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." Currently, it's set to come out in 2023.

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    The Fundamentals of Caring

    Paul Rudd Movies: The Fundamentals of Caring

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    And last, but certainly not least, we have a hidden gem on our list of Paul Rudd movies that you probably haven't seen before. This most recent film on our list shows off Rudd's caregiver skills when he takes a disabled boy on a road trip. Since Rudd will be looking after some adolescent ghost wranglers, we figured it'd make sense to showcase this film where he's also looking out for people. There's plenty of adventure in it as well.

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