I don't usually post others' best-of/essential film compilations, since there are too many of them to keep track of, but…
He's a man of peace in a savage land... Suburbia.
When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it's hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.
Somewhere around the early 90s, Tom Hanks became really boring.
He stopped making comedies and started making 'serious' films. As such, we missed out on him making more films like this and more films where we have to watch him talk to a sodding volleyball for the best part of 2 hours or doing a bad Alec Guinness impression.
Okay, that is been gravely unfair to Hanks and of course he HAS made or been a part of some great films in the 23 years since the release of The 'Burbs. But I can't be the only one who STILL misses the days when you saw his name on a film poster or box and you knew you were in…
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies....I have seen this movie many many times....the first time was a shocking 25 years ago in theaters (I helped it open #1 at the box office). In this one Tom Hanks plays an overstressed suburbanite, who along with his neighbors becomes obsessed with their new neighbors. Yes this movie is silly...but it is a fun movie to watch and is packed with many many in-jokes.
Ten things you might not know about the movie.
1. The script was written and co-produced by Dana Olsen. Olsen appears at the end of the movie as a cop. I first noticed Dana Olsen in the Judd Nelson comedy Making the Grade....but Olsen has not…
I needed this.
On a normal Tuesday. Except I don't work til late. After yet another night put down by the poisonous thoughtloops of my barely contained obsessive-compulsive childish illogical but damn it still consuming fear -- there's nothing like the sunlight on a quiet Tuesday. Work is still far away. Everything just slows down. I can feel the chasm of my fear vibrating away on the edges of the day. But it's easier to keep it there. On the edge.
Because there's something to the sunlight streaming in the window. Something to a marginally clean house and fresh, clean, cold cans of soda. So, to keep the fear out and the hopeful sunlight vibe in, I flip this on.…
Joe Dante's "The 'Burbs" takes a little too much time to get heated up. The film, a comedic look at neighbors' suspicions about a home on their block, ends with a bang but runs the risk of losing its audience as meanders toward its climax. Still, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher ground the film's early, wandering goofiness, keeping things watchable in its dubious beginning stages.
Starring Hanks as a homeowner who just wants to enjoy some vacation-based laziness, the film revolves around a group of neighbors who become wary of a home in their neighborhood. The rundown property could be home to all manner of depraved activity, and the neighbors decide an investigation is in order. The story…
If you ever catch yourself thinking, "What the hell else did Rick Ducommun do?" and go searching for him on YouTube, don't.
In all probability you'll find this and will wish, like I did, that you had remained blissfully ignorant of his 'career' outside The 'Burbs.
Fortunately, there's still tons of other great stuff in The 'Burbs, easily one of my favourite comedy films of all time, to make you forget that aberration. Tom Hanks' tantrum at the end and putting himself on a gurney in the ambulance made me sad all over again that we lost that Hanks a long time ago but it's still absolutely hilarious.
Not as hilarious as Bruce Dern, who I suggested on Twitter last night could be the greatest man alive, threatening to staple a dog's arse shut and hitting the Klopeks with a lawsuit after he aids Hanks in blowing up their house. The 'Burbs is just the best.
"I hate cul-de-sacs. There's only one way out, and the people are kind of weird."
The Burbs was all kinds of amazingness! I have this sense of bittersweet regret that it's been around for so many years and I've not been able to enjoy it all this time, but then also having this hidden gem that surprised me after such a long week!
Highlights: Definitely Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun. Seriously these two. I feel like I really need to see more of Bruce Dern's films, having only watched Nebraska recently too, I feel like he might be a source of enjoyment I never knew! Also that shot when R.D and T.H were screaming and the camera was going in…
i've loved this movie since i was a wee lass and it's v quotable and corey feldman was a babe in it
This film is watchable thanks to Tom Hanks, who gets some comedic moments back in the say when he was the comedic actor and nothing else. But even he couldn't save the awfully paced, boring film. It seems to be a real struggle to make a good comedy/thriller set in the suburbs, as evidenced in the recent THE WATCH. I only got halfway through that film, and I might have done the same with THE BURBS if I hadn't seen it in cinemas.
It was all downhill for Hanks from here...
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
We're the lunatics! Us! Not them! It's us!
A.K.A. Half-Assed Shenanigans: The Movie.
I don't know. This is neither as visually appealing nor funny as the best of Joe Dante's work is. The aimlessness of the story kind of wore on me, though to the film's credit, it is about a bunch of scatterbrained weirdo suburbanites. The dynamics between the three main characters just aren't very strong, and you can't really tell why they're hanging out with another. Just, "Something something our new neighbors are weird, let's spy on them!", which sucks, because almost all of the actors are giving pretty game performances.
Most disappointingly, the references to other films were, however odd (like Jerry Goldsmith's sampling of several other…
Classic Joe Dante
5 WORD REVIEW: SCHLUB & SCHLUB VS. WEIRDOS
Back when Tom Hanks wasn't "serious movie dude" we would get fun ass movies like this. Rick Duccomon steals the show as the neighbor you always wanted. Also you get a heapin' helpin' of prime era Corey Feldman. What's not to love?
"I wan't to kill everyone... we love Satan..... Satan is our pal."
White people are crazy man
Clearly, I've been fucking up by not seeing The 'Burbs before now. It's not quite the career-defining film that Gremlins was for Joe Dante, but man, it's a hell of a great time all the same. I really do miss Tom Hanks as a physical comedian, since he has such fantastic timing in that regard, especially when the film gets more and more unhinged.
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With Halloween fast approaching what better time to show your kids or young relatives some scary yet fun movies. Obviously…