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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Huns came out of the cave!
My sister and I are reviewing this film as it is definetley one of our favourites.First is that anyone I know who has seen this film cannot help quoting from it comments such as "this is walter" and "what is that Slavic?".

What makes this film remarkable is that Tom Hanks leads the film and it is just not a Tom Hanks film. There is no message of hope no triumph...
Published on 24 Feb 2008 by Kenneth Lewis

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Next Door Neighbour
Still as good as it was when first caught a glimpse of this gem, keeps you guessing along with the characters... & laughing of course.

To me, it has the feeling this could been an episode of the twilight zone.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Huns came out of the cave!, 24 Feb 2008
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Kenneth Lewis "Re-Animator" (UK Liverpool) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
My sister and I are reviewing this film as it is definetley one of our favourites.First is that anyone I know who has seen this film cannot help quoting from it comments such as "this is walter" and "what is that Slavic?".

What makes this film remarkable is that Tom Hanks leads the film and it is just not a Tom Hanks film. There is no message of hope no triumph of decent Americans.on the contrary this is a film that celebrates fear of strangers/foreigners and extols the virtue of snooping. What I find slightly annoying is that Rick Duccomon (Art aka Tuna-Neck) has been in so little since (I think he was in the lamentable California Man and Gremlins 2 but that is it). This is a tragedy as Rick's performance is a revelation especially his ability to eat in every single scene.

It also has excellent support from the always interesting Feldman and the barking mad Dern. One review (halliwells)described the Burbs as the most unusual American major studio film of the 80s It is certainly one of them. Make sure you buy the dvd because it is on tv a lot but always annoyingly cut.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Embodiement of 1980's Goodness, 31 May 2007
This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
I'm absolutely positive that this is the only movie I've seen with Tom Hanks that I have enjoyed. It's certainly the only one I've ever bought!

A quirky look at suburban life, nosy neighbors and dark secrets lurking beneath the floor boards of the house next door. A Horror-Comedy classic, this movie is a "must have" for anyone who (a) grew up in the 1980's and/or (b) enjoyed such movie's as House (I, II, III, etc.), Ghostbusters, Evil Dead, Beetlejuice and Gremlins.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still watching it, and still laughing, 14 July 2004
This review is from: The Burbs [VHS] (VHS Tape)
If you have the appropriate sense of humour, you will laugh at this film forever. It carries more character quotes than any other film I can remember, like Bruce Dern's "Where you going Pinocchio", Corey Feldman's "No tan-lines today" or Tom Hanks " Who keeps a horse in their basement?" amongst others. The performances by the star cast are so strong that they completely take over what is a fairly ordinary storyline. The excellent directing catches some wonderful moments of real pace during a pedantic day in suburbia which comes alive with the antics of the various characters as they interact with their strange neighbours, the Klopeks. On average I watch this film once a month and still find new angles on the jokes and asides which pepper the script. Give it a chance and it will hook you in too.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever, 28 Jun 2005
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This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
The Burbs is a cult classic black comedy directed by Joe Dante and stars Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher and Corey Fledman among other reocognisable faces.
The story is based around a group of suburbanites and their obsession with a strange new family in the neighbourhood called the Clopeks. Their overactive imaginations lead them to delve deeper into the odd activities taking place at the Clopek residence, such as the strange noises coming from the basement, digging up the back yard in the middle of the night (like grave diggers) and the general odd behaviour of the family.
What makes this film so appealing is that this could take place in any neighbourhood you care to think of. The suburb is otherwise very ordinary - set routines, nosy neighbours and typical banter you would find in a quiet suburb.
The Burbs features a fantastic cast, lively script and some genuine laughs. The characters are all fantastic to watch and you learn to love them all for their individual qualities (of which there are many).
This is the uncut version of one of the best films I have ever seen. The only part I have never noticed before was the inclusion of a four letter swear word in one scene (for those who want to know, it begins with "s"). I didn't notice any other differences to when it is on television.
This DVD only includes a 90 second teaser trailer from when the film was released but the film is so good you shouldn't let the lack of extras put you off. This is easily one of my all time favourite films. Very little comes anywhere close to the quality of this little gem. An incredible film!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pure slice of the weird and wonderful. Non-stop laughs!, 25 Nov 2000
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This review is from: The Burbs [VHS] (VHS Tape)
An absolute classic. You really can't describe The 'Burbs, a bit of horror, a bit of suspense, a bit of action, adventure and a huge assortment of comedy glued together with slapstick and dark humor. Altogether, a great film, a great cast and a great script. This film has sadly been forgot but for the few people who actually appreciate this film it remain an all-time great forever. Full marks to the director Joe Dante. Buy this film, its EXCELLANT!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the burbs- the real review, 18 Dec 2011
This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
for anyone who has wondered about those strange folk next door, an absolute belter of a dvd one for the collection.
just brilliant
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars burbs dvd, 14 Feb 2012
This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
Arrived very quickly. Great film enjoyed as a child and now enjoyed by my children. New and good value for money. Happy customer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Hanks in perfect parody of suburban life, 27 Oct 2009
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This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
On a week off from work Ray Peterson (Hanks) and his neighbours become
suspicious of the new residents next door who are hardly ever seen in
daylight.

In and amongst The Da Vinci Code, Charlie Wilson's War and Cast Away it
is easy to forget how brilliant a comedy actor Tom Hanks is.

Has it really been over 20 years since his first Oscar nomination in
the groundbreaking Big? That vintage scene stealing presence with a
charming innocence was exquisite method acting by the American, in
which his child was trapped inside the vulnerable adult figure. Of
course you only have to visit a few years back for his last "comedy" if
you can call The Lady-killers that. Dark reality humour encoded but his
awkwardness peeked through in perhaps the Coen's worst picture.

Nevertheless here we were in 1989 having come back off the monumental
success of Big and Hanks was up and running towards Hollywood stardom
and this Joe Dante picture showcased much more of the comic genius of
its central star.

With a plot spilling out mystery about quiet and non fundamental
neighbours this is a perfect example of what society in the suburbs is
reflected as from an outsider's view. You only have to flick on the TV
to see the same representation in a sitcom such as Desperate Housewives
or a film in Little Children to find gossipy neighbour's prying eyes
over their fence for a good nosy at everyone else's dirty laundry.

The Burbs' sensationally capitalizes on this conformed ideology of the
nosy neighbour by parodying all the way through by running delicious
gags at how formula and formality gets shaken up by the arrival of the
unknown. This is simply staggering, the benchmark to judge what is and
isn't out of realism.

Spilling with parodies, over the top pranks and marvellously hyperbole
suspicions about the activities, this is vintage physical comedy with
people getting hit, top actors screaming silly and dog mess on the
front lawn.

But if this sounds a bit over the top then no need to worry as come the
end there are so many turnarounds you'll be spinning and a wonderful
shouting emotion from Hank's Ray that you know he is telling the truth
and everything never feels the same again.

Dante adds wonderful spice to this picture. Opening with a conventional
bird's eye view of the suburb we see his intent to make everything
normal but then when the mystery builds and the wind blows at night
with the garbage can then the director lets his exuberance flow and
this flies from normal everyday life to wondrous fantastical comedy
horror with some splendid sets and a purposeful tension overflow for
extra laughs.

Hank's is brilliant as is everyone and everything; this is splendid
comedy and a true reflection with an added spice of misrepresentation.

9/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too real, 21 April 2003
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Burbs [VHS] (VHS Tape)
A mysterious family moves into an old fixer-upper in the neighborhood. Strange comings, goings, and sounds are heard in the night. Add to this a bone that the dog has recovered from their recently spaded back yard.
Naturally the neighbors must face up to the challenge and prove or disprove roomers about another missing neighbor.
As much as the mystery it is the interaction among the neighbors that make this film. You are introduced to a cast of characters that if you live in the burbs you could easily identify with.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I wanna kill everyone. Satan is good, Satan is our pal!", 2 Dec 2004
This review is from: The 'Burbs [DVD] (1999) (DVD)
An unashamedly enjoyable treat from director Joe Dante.
Tom Hanks plays Ray, a thirty-something suburbanite who is just beginning a relaxing week at home with his wife Carol (Carrie Fisher) and his son Dave (Corey Danziger - who couldn't look more like a young Hanks if he tried) Unfortunately for his family, Ray is overly protective of his neighbourhood and becomes increasingly suspicious of his reclusive new neighbours, the Klopeks, especially when bizarre noises emit from their basement late at night.
Flanked by his other neighbours - the oafish Art (Rick Ducommon), the military obsessed veteran Mr. Rumsfield (hilariously played by Bruce Dern) and the stoner next door Ricky (Corey Feldman)- Ray sets out to discover the truth behind the Klopeks - more so when Walter, the old guy at the end of the street mysteriously disappears.
Featuring appearances from Dante regulars Dick Miller, Henry Gibson and Robert Picardo, The Burbs is a hilarious and thoroughly enjoyable film that comments on neighbourly suspicions in a typical American suburban street. The film often veers into slapstick territory, particularly during the films final half hour, but like Evil Dead 2, this adds to The Burbs' enjoyment rather than watering it down.
The performances by the leads - Dern especially - are excellent and the 'neighbourly chat' in the Klopek's home is a particularly memorable scene. Once again, Dante tips his hat towards 50's B-movies with spooky lighting, odd camera angles and even a ridiculous dream sequence.
A deliciously offbeat film and an underrated one at that. It has been a while, but it is finally available on DVD. Go buy it.
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