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…
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…
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 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 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.
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…
'That kid next door's a meatball.'
"Satan is good, Satan is our pal."
In my mind this was up there with Gremlins and its sequel as far as Joe Dante films are concerned, but it's not nearly as great as I remembered. It is fun and watching Tom Hanks in comedy is a joy to behold but a lot of it just falls flat for me on a revisit.
This was a mixture of things I really enjoyed and things that were really dumb.
This movie is a damn classic and why Criterion hasn't given it a spine number yet is beyond me. Don't get me wrong, I adore Gremlins, but this one might be Joe Dante's masterpiece.
Lots of dumb and ridiculous fun.
Friendsgiving movie viewing got weird this year.
Outrageous, a parody and zany. A comedy that tells the tale of obssessed suburnites trying to unravel the mystery of their reclusive new neighbors.
Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommum all have good performances but as crazy and insane the film is the more they could have gone. The bigger and crazier they could have been as the events begin to get more and more out of this world.
It takes a little while for it to really get going. But when it does the payoff while not fantastic ensues with great special effects that is totally worth the long wait.
The music parodies many famous movie themes ranging from "Once Upon a Time in the West" to "Patton" and it does it with perfection with the visual gags along side it.
Funny movie though a bit long.
Combining a light, screwball comedy with a subversion of claustrophobic, neighbor-focused horror, The 'Burbs is one of a kind.
While largely focused on a self-aware, campy approach, it alternates to stone-faced seriousness without losing its head. Leaving one foot in the sea, it never loses a sense of its identity, or wanders too far from the bizarre path it's chosen.
This self-awareness remains the film's largest strength. It gives breathing room, making way for the sillier sequences, which are largely the highlights of the movie. It carries the memory of older physical comedy shows, like Abbott and Costello, or the 1994 Flintstones film.
The cast is fantastic, bringing mostly foil-based characters to life with aware comedic timing and snappy dialogue.…
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