I tried to do this last month, but failed miserably. Not due to time, but to the fact that i…
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…
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.…
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…
Here's the thing with The 'Burbs, it's a dark comedy movie that is fun to watch throughout and even has some suspenseful and thrilling scenes in it. I'm thinking that everyone has a certain story like this, you live on a street and there's that one neighbour that is either strange or just bad. That is what this is based around, Tom Hanks plays a husband who lives in a cul-de-sac and gets along with all his neighbours. But for the past month the new people who have moved in next door to him have been making strange noises, there's been lights flashing from their basement and they don't talk to anyone. What happens next is hilarious as Tom Hanks…
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.
An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult. - IMDb
The 'Burbs is fun, but I clearly held it in a higher esteem within my memory bank. It seems to be happening quite a bit for movies that I've re-watched now, from when I first saw them in the 80's when I was a kid.
In the scope of Tom Hanks films, it's probably sitting somewhere in the middle. Certainly his dramatic work sits atop, with most of his comedic turns closer to the bottom. So this would sit at the top of the comedy pile. Somewhere.
Not particularly well-paced or engaging with Hanks in a middling performance, but the Satanic barbecue scene is a riot.
"I want to kill everyone. Satan is good, Satan is our pal"
Such a great, fun and likeable movie. I adore most of Tom Hanks' dramatic work, but there's something about his 80's comedy output that had such a spark and charm that nobody else in that decade matched him. His timing was impeccable and he was so subtly but goofily funny. He wasn't just an actor in funny movies, he really was a comedian. Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun are amazing too. It's so fun to watch a great dramatic actor like Dern work in comedy like this, and he really gives it an air of strange quality. I've been burning through a bunch of cult 80s movies lately, and this stands head and shoulders above the rest. It's legit funny, well made and an instant favourite.
A deliciously black comedy from Joe Dante that stars Tom Hanks as Ray Peterson a work-a-day schmuck living in a work-a-day suburb with his wife Carol ( Carrie Fisher) surrounded by eccentric, but harmless neighbours, including Art (Rick Ducommun), Mark (Bruce Dern) and Ricky (Corey Feldman). When the reclusive Klopeks move in to their cul du sac, Ray and his pals begin to suspect them of all kinds of misdeeds, not least mass murder. Written by Dana Olsen, "The 'Burbs" is a lightly plotted film, but one that offers any number of opportunities to poke fun and a jaundiced eye at all things suburban and the absurdities and foibles of suburban life. There are some great funny moments, the dialogue…
This movie is fucking hilarious. Why does know one talk about this? I can't remember the last time I was so consistently joyous watching a movie. Seriously, every second of this movie is batshit and I love it.
I had a feeling that this was going to be a hit or miss. I don't really have an interest in Tom Hanks comedies since I saw Joe Versus the Volcano when I was 10 and was like "NO." But you dear people of Letterboxd rated this so highly and I trust you guys. Also black comedies <3
Problem is, there's nothing really funny about it. Like I get the whole bored suburbia thing. We've all been there, am I right, Susan and Timothy? But it's like give me moreee!
Besides not liking this film, I could never dislike my sunflower Dad,Tom Hanks. My actual thought process while watching-
TOM. TOm HanKs! :)). SHORTS. DAD. Short-shorts. Tommm!! :))).
I watched this flm on Region B Arrow Video Blu Ray.
The transfer by Arrow Video is terrific, the image looks detailed and colourful as it ever will next to the original prink. The image is full of noise and looks excellent in its newely restored status. Sounds are excellent with Jerry Goldsmiths score sounding brilliant.
The Burbs came a little too early for me in my childhood. Peter Jackson's The Frightners stood in its place and I'm annoyed by that one bit. This is the childhood favourite of so many young adults and I can see why.
This is not the first time I've seen The Burbs on home video and especially Arrow Release on Blu Ray. Once again…
Eh, It is really entertaining. But I think it works better as a satire on the American suburban life and people's hypocrisy, but sadly, it had to take a left turn.
"Walter! I know you're in there! That scum-sucking, barking rat of yours has just taken his last dump on my lawn! I find one more, just one, and I'm gonna catch him and staple his ass shut!"
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