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 in the vain hope of getting "the goods" on the newcomers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Rating:
PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre:
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Studio:
MCA Universal Home Video

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Cast

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

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

A long shaggy dog story.

Full Review… | October 24, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

One of Dante's most enjoyable films.

Full Review… | June 15, 2015
Combustible Celluloid

Dated slapstick comedy-horror mix is silly but stale.

Full Review… | January 28, 2015
Common Sense Media

Dante's excoriating view of homegrown isolationism is as profound and misunderstood as Spielberg's in 1941

Full Review… | November 15, 2009
CinePassion

Moderately amusing comedy with a nice twist.

August 19, 2004
Needcoffee.com

Lots of in-jokes and a few agreeable moments.

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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½

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.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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