The 'Burbs

1989

The 'Burbs

Critics Consensus

The 'Burbs has an engaging premise, likable cast, and Joe Dante at the helm -- so the mixed-up genre exercise they produce can't help but feel like a disappointment.

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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 in the vain hope of getting "the goods" on the newcomers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Tom Hanks
as Ray Peterson
Bruce Dern
as Mark Rumsfield
Carrie Fisher
as Carol Peterson
Rick Ducommun
as Art Weingartner
Corey Feldman
as Ricky Butler
Henry Gibson
as Dr. Werner Klopek
Wendy Schaal
as Bonnie Rumsfield
Theodore Gottlieb
as Uncle Reuben Klopek
Courtney Gains
as Hans Klopek
Cory Danziger
as Dave Peterson
Heather Haase
as Ricky's Girl Friend
Nick Katt
as Steve Kuntz
Brenda Benner
as Walter's Daughter
Patrika Darbo
as Art's Wife
Dick Miller
as Vic, Garbageman #1
Robert Picardo
as Joe, Garbageman #2
Franklyn Ajaye
as Detective #1
Bill Stevenson
as Ricky's Friend
Nicky Katt
as Steve Kuntz
Rance Howard
as Detective #2
Gary Hays
as Ricky's Friend
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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (11)

  • It's inconceivable that "The 'burbs looked good on paper.

    Mar 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The 'Burbs doesnit quite go the distance, but for most of its length it is a superbly inventive, insightful and funny black comedy.

    Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This movie was directed by Joe Dante, whose style has become increasingly broad and abrasive since he made the clever Gremlins back in 1984.

    Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The script would like to be a horror film, a comedy and a commentary on suburban living, but it doesn't hit any target.

    Feb 22, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Joe Dante funnels his decidedly cracked view of suburban life through dark humour in The 'Burbs.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Characteristically, Dante's nonchalant attitude towards plot structure makes for erratic pacing (the last half hour does flag), but that's part and parcel of his breathless, anarchic style.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic

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