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…
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…
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…
"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…
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…
I don't gotta tell you how awesome The 'Burbs is. First rule of The 'Burbs is shut up, and go watch The 'Burbs ya filthy animal
I don’t think there is a Joe Dante movie I don’t love. The ‘Burbs is certainly no exception. Great cast. Great story. Super fun movie. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid and I still love it. So so great.
#21 in my 80's Week marathon. (Week is on vacation in the backyard with a shovel.)
Time to alienate the entire internet again.
This is just for the children of the 80's/90's, the ones who remember VHS: you know how Tom Hanks used to get through all his old movies by yelling? Constantly? Well, this is perhaps the worst offender of the bunch. And, for all its ensemble casting and character-driven farce (this was much less genre-reliant than I was hoping for), there's no one here to pick up his slack. Rick Ducommun falls back on the Chubby Guy's Always Hungry stereotype half the time he's onscreen. Carrie Fisher is flat as a board, for which the writing can clearly…
An interesting blend of horror tropes and comedy (not horror, really, just the tropes/red herrings). The score was especially interesting and effective in this regard, blending the two genres together. Tom Hanks seemed young to be dad, and Carrie Fisher was a total babe. Anyway, this was prime Hanks, and somehow I had never seen this movie, but it was entertaining. Thanks, netflix.
there's a lot of strange things about 'the burbs, a movie all about the strangeness that slips through the cracks of normalcy. corey feldman's character for one, as well as carrie fisher's complete lack of chemistry with tom hanks (probably one of the most bizarre on-screen pairings of all time). the 'burbs contains a lot of dante's normal social critique, but the tacked-on ending that confirms the neighborhood's paranoia backtracks on the big statement of the film, which hanks puts into words just minutes before. it's a little on the nose, but a remarkable statement nonetheless: maybe the weird ones in suburbia aren't the neighbors who don't fit in, but everyone else, the ones who gossip and ostracize and force…
I’m aware this has rabid cult status, and if it were anywhere near the movie that the poster and premise suggests, I’d be among those praising it. The ’Burbs is a misstep for director Joe Dante—a film about the judgments that come out of white middle class comforts that’s pacing and energy too successfully mirrors its characters’ lethargy. I don’t think The ‘Burbs is very funny very often, but with any dumbed down satire made by smart people, it has moments worth savouring. It’s boring but not uninteresting.
"Remember what you were saying about people in the 'burbs, Art, people like Skip, people who mow their lawn for the 800th time, and then SNAP? WELL, THAT'S US. IT'S NOT THEM, THAT'S US. WE'RE the ones who are vaulting over the fences, and peeking in through people's windows. We're the ones who are THROWING GARBAGE IN THE STREET, AND LIGHTING FIRES. WE'RE THE ONES WHO ARE ACTING SUSPICIOUS AND PARANOID, ART. WE'RE THE LUNATICS. US. IT'S NOT THEM. It's us."
man I wish they still made movies like this.
It was a shitty store any way
This is my favorite Joe Dante movie. I love that the movie always keeps you guessing if the suspicion of the neighbors is true or are they all suffering of paranoia. This is the creepiest family out of the texas chainsaw massacre family.
More than 1100 movies of pure 80's horror.
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