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The 'Burbs (1989)


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Ward and June Cleaver have nothing on suburban couple Ray and Carol Peterson (Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher). Together with their perfect son, Ray and Carol are so clean that they squeak. Thus, when new neighbors Dr. Werner Klopek (Henry Gibson), Uncle Reuben (Brother Theodore), and Hans (Courtney Gains) begin evincing bizarre behavior, Ray is slightly put out. Carol thinks that Ray is getting all worked up over nothing. Ray and his fellow suburbanites endure all sorts of slapstick misadventures


Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Dana Olsen

May 4, 1999

MCA Universal Home Video

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (7) | DVD (5)

A long shaggy dog story.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dante's excoriating view of homegrown isolationism is as profound and misunderstood as Spielberg's in 1941

November 15, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Moderately amusing comedy with a nice twist.

August 19, 2004

Lots of in-jokes and a few agreeable moments.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A weird and misshapen farce, but there's something going on here beyond simple goofiness.

July 26, 2002

Works effectively as a kind of goofy homage to suburbanites

January 1, 2000 Full Review

Audience Reviews for The 'Burbs

I love this movie to pieces. It is one my all time favorite 80's film and definitely my favorite Tom Hanks film. The neighbors are crazy and the characters are a lot of fun. The whole movie is fun. It's a comfort movie for me. One I know that will forever be on my shelf and one I will always go back to watch. I can't believe there are still so many who haven't seen this film. If you get the chance do so.
May 17, 2014

Super Reviewer

This comedy shows Tom Hanks at his early best, as him and his friends are trying to investigate the disappearance of a neighbor and the new oddball family that moved in next door. The film has little flattering things to say about the so called normal suburb life and its picket fences. At the same time, it's hard not to like these narrow-minded and silly characters. The plot is smart enough not to reveal if they are just seeing ghosts or if evil has been moving in next door. It's just good 80s kind of fun to see things develop and turn into a whole lot of mess.
May 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

Dante is one of my favourite directors, and I remember absolutely loving this comedy about a strange new family that moves into the neighbourhood, but I can't seem to remember it too well. I need to re-watch this one.
April 10, 2011

Super Reviewer

One of the best early films from Tom Hanks, The Burbs is a terrific horror comedy with plenty of laughs. The Burbs is actually a great film for non horror fans to watch because its scary elements are used purely for comical effect.
The film surrounds neighbors who have to deal with a weird family that has moved into the neighborhood. Tom Hanks plays Ray Peterson the neighbor of the new family, The Klopeks. Ray gets more and more involved during his vacation into investigating the family next door. At first, he suspects something strange as Ray comes out and sees strange flashing lights and a strange roaring sound. It's not soon after that his neighbors start suspecting the strangest things that are happening next door to ray's place. Art is the neighbor who's interests are primarily in conspiracies and other odd stuff. Mark Rumsfield is the paranoid Vietnam veteran and Ricky Butler is the neighborhood teen who tries to impress his friends with the strange ongoings in his neighborhood due to his neighbors investigating the odd family, the Klopeks. The Burbs is yet another terrific film by director Joe Dante who directed Gremlins and Piranha. The film will definitely appeal to Horror genre fans and is one of the best Horror comedies to come out during the 80's. Dante's colorful cast do a great job, and the film is as equally funny as it is tense. A terrific, underrated gem of a film The Burbs is a film not to miss. If you love light hearted horror and mystery mixed with great comedy, then this is a film that will definitely appeal to you.
January 3, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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    1. Mark Rumsfield: Hey! Pinocchio! Where are you going?
    – Submitted by Zach W (22 months ago)
    1. Art Weingartner: [chanting] I want to kill, everyone, Satan is good, Satan is our pal...
    – Submitted by Zach W (22 months ago)
    1. Art Weingartner: Now they know that we know that they know that we know.
    – Submitted by A L (23 months ago)
    1. Mark Rumsfield: Come to think of it, I don't recall ever seeing a moving van...
    2. Uncle Reuben Klopek: Thats strange, since it was parked outside ALL DAY!
    – Submitted by Mark B (2 years ago)
    1. Mark Rumsfield: What have you got in the cellar, HER Klopek!
    – Submitted by Amber C (2 years ago)
    1. Ray Peterson: I've never seen that. I've never seen anyone drive their garbage to the curb, then bang that hell out of it with a stick. I've never seen that.
    – Submitted by Robert B (2 years ago)
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