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…
Tom Hanks is in his comedy prime starring as Ray Peterson in this hilarious 80’s comedy classic. It’s way up there in my favourite Hanks comedy performances.
Ray is on holiday from work and to the annoyance of his wife decides to spend his vacation investigating the odd goings on of his creepy new next door neighbours: The Clopeks. When an old man who lives at the end of the street appears to be missing, Ray, together with some other neighbours in his street, are certain the Clopeks have something to do with it. They go on a mission to find proof.
It’s absolutely hilarious throughout and the characters are all nothing short of superb - from Rick Ducommun’s “Art…
I had forgotten just how funny this actually is...
Back when Tom Hanks was a likeable 'everyman' and before he ruined everything he is in! Although this film is carried more by Art and Bruce Derns Lt. Rumsfeld!
Dern is hilarious...especially when he interacts with the Klopeks...the grin on his face when he hands over the dropped brownies makes me chuckle all on its own!
Plus his wife is smoking hot, even despite the big 80s hair!!
The not too far fetched storyline about nosey neighbours combines one liners, a tinge of darkness and even some slapstick. Art being electrocuted while breaking into the Klopeks house still gets a bellylaugh out of me.
They don't make them like this anymore.
Drives Spielbergian men
To childhood monster stories.
Who needs TV
When cinema is next door?
Tom Hanks eating a sardine in this film >>>>> Tom Hanks in final minutes of Captain Philips. I don't have much insight on this one; it pretty much speaks for itself in terms of deconstructing suburban paranoia (though much earlier than Solondz, Pleasantville, and American Beauty), and does it with a lot of gusto and too many great inside jokes to Hitchcock and Tashlin among others. Not one of Dante's most incisive pictures (especially given the theatrical ending), but certainly one of his most pleasurable, given how it reduces its heroic men into children (the scene where Carrie Fisher won't let Hanks "come out and play" is probably the funniest in the film).
There's something magical about 80's Tom Hanks. During the era of Big, Bachelor Party, Money Pit, & Splash, Hanks had a manic energy that was infectious. While I can't knock his maturation as an actor nor the impressive turn his career took post-Philadelphia, I sincerely miss the innocent, "I'm just here to go nuts in front of you & make you laugh" Tom Hanks. The 'Burbs is his best comedy, in my opinion. Hanks joins an impressive cast including Carrie Fisher, Bruce Dern, Corey Feldman, Rick Ducommun, & the great Henry Gibson, in a Rear Window-esque story directed by Joe Dante. Forget urban paranoia, some of our beloved horror films take place in the suburbs, & the genius of The 'Burbs is that it…
Tom Hanks stars as Ray Peterson in this hilarious 80's comedy classic. Ray is on holiday from work and to the annoyance of his wife decides to spend his vacation investigating the rather odd goings on of his creepy new next door neighbours: The Clopeks. It's hilarious throughout and the characters are all nothing short of superb - from Rick Ducommun's "Art Weingartner", the childish gossip-mongering buffoon, to Bruce Dern's "Rumsfield", the paranoid ex Army, flag flying Lieutenant. It really is a neighbourhood full of quirky and interesting characters that fill this film with top class comedy situations, both verbal and physical - I adore the scene towards the beginning of the film where Art is eating all the food…
Un clasico, muy simpatica y bastante inocente, tipica comedia de la epoca.
A medley of seventies and eighties stars assemble in this gigglefest of a trip with three suburban neighbors who believe the new move-ins are up to no good, the most charm - as always - coming from Dern and Hanks.
A movie that pins down the atmosphere of the suburbs perfectly, complete with the urban legends and horrors within. The spooky house down the street couldn't get any creepier in this comedy. Stars Tom Hanks before he became a megastar, in a role he has yet to play again.
I've always felt The 'Burbs never really got the respect it deserved. It did pretty well at the box office at first, but then was just forgotten. I'm sure audiences were expecting a much lighter comedy with Tom Hanks leading the cast, but what they got was far from it. Similar to what happened to The Cable Guy in the '90's, this film was just a little too ahead of the game.
There weren't many darker comedies that ever broke through to wider audiences in the '80's. Maybe The Gremlins, but not much else. So, it makes sense the director of those films, Joe Dante, was brought in to make this. It completely worked. This is a movie without many…
Así es la paranoia gringa en el mundo: absurda, necia, y medio pendeja. Y al terminan explotando todo por sus huevos.
Dark humored human non-animated cartoon comedy about paranoid (in this case) Middle America Americans and their fear and dislike of anything "different" than what they perceive as normal.
It's manic, funny, over-the-top and just keeps getting crazier and ready to explode like the odd neighbors' (who live next door to vacationing average American Dad Tom Hanks) massive basement furnace.
Only regret is that the conclusion steers toward affirmation of the fear and loathing and suspicions; it might have better if the destruction America seems to enjoy inflicting on those we deem not normal was revealed NOT to be necessary and self destructive, as it usually turns out to be in our aim to correct our insular universe of "what is right", but the Dante and his scriptwriter go another way.
Still, this is a grand live action cartoon that has a lot of layers under the loony tune surface.
You got a lawsuit on your hands mister.
Another film I've heard about and seen a film clips growing up. But not having seen the film in total.
I've heard great things about this growing up and it's such a classic. I guess for the better part I'd agree with that. Tom Hanks is in top shape here. Before he went to such Oscar fares like Philadelphia and Forrest Gump.
It was directed by Joe Dante of Gremlins 1 and 2 fame, plus The first Howling and Toy Soldiers.
The premise of the movie is 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…
Classic 80's comedy where neighbors get suspicious of the new creepy tenants. Great cast and jokes are numerous. Music was cool reminded me of a goosebumps story or x-files. This is a good one!
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