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The 'Burbs doesn't completely waste its engaging premise, its likable leading man, and Joe Dante's unique brand of weirdness, but it's still a mixed-up genre exercise that isn't quite as dark or as funny as it could have been.
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The 'Burbs doesnit quite go the distance, but for most of its length it is a superbly inventive, insightful and funny black comedy.
This movie was directed by Joe Dante, whose style has become increasingly broad and abrasive since he made the clever Gremlins back in 1984.
The script would like to be a horror film, a comedy and a commentary on suburban living, but it doesn't hit any target.
Director Joe Dante funnels his decidedly cracked view of suburban life through dark humour in The 'Burbs.
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.
The Burbs is a big unfurnished movie about some very small characters living in a suburbia that is consciously designed to look like sit-com land.
...presents suburban expansion as a cheerier version of manifest destiny.
Sure, Carrie Fisher deserved a better role, but let's be honest-Carrie Fisher deserved a better planet.
Much more intellectually complicated than the average romance, Train to Zakopané may be heading to the expected destination but there's a lot to see along the way.
When it comes to the movies that get replayed frequently in my house, Joe Dante's The 'Burbs is easily amongst the top five on that list.
It benefits from Dante's inventive direction, but it's hampered by an insufferable character in Ducommun's Art as well as an unfortunate (if predictable) denouement that totally upends the sturdy theme and edgy moralizing that would have made this unique.
Also starring Carrie Fisher, 'Burbs is a hilarious look at suburban mischief pre-Desperate Housewives. Check it out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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