An overstressed suburbanite and two of his neighbors struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family on the block are part of a murderous cult.

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This story takes place in a typical American neighborhood, when some new neighbors come to live in the house next to Ray Peterson. These new people are really strange; nobody has ever seen them, their house is a real mess, and during the night you can hear weird noises from their basement. The only thing they know is their name: Klopeks. One day Walter (an old man of the neighborhood) suddenly disappears and everyone starts to suspect the Klopeks... Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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A comedy about one nice guy who gets pushed too far. See more »

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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The movie is considered to share a number of similarities with the then recent John Belushi - Dan Aykroyd comedy Neighbors (1981) made and released about eight years earlier. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Klopek is ascending from the basement and they focus on his shadow on the opposite wall, the shadow behaves against the laws of physics: Since he is walking AWAY from the light source behind him, his shadow should be getting smaller. A shadow only gets larger if you are walking TOWARD the light source, with the shadow on the wall behind you. See more »

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Ray Peterson: I've never seen that. I've never seen anybody drive their garbage down to the street and bang the hell out of it with a stick. I-I've never seen that.
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At the end of the Universal logo, the camera zooms into Earth and to where the film takes place. See more »

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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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MAKE SOME NOISE
Written by Mickey Finn, Fernie Rod, Billy Rowe, Ron Tostenson & Sami Yaffa
Performed by Jetboy
Courtesy of MCA Records
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I Love This Movie
10 October 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Originality can go a long way in movieland, as THE 'BURBS so perfectly illustrates. Tom Hanks is Ray Peterson, an average schmuck not sure what to do with his at-home vacation. He soon finds his excitement when he and his paranoid neighbors convince themselves the weirdos on the block are responsible for the strange disappearance of the neighborhood's beloved old man. So they do what any of us would do... break into their home to find proof of the dastardly deed.

So many critics charged that Hanks tarnished his reputation with this effort. But for the umpteenth time, the critics were just being overly critical. THE 'BURBS is a hilarious, well-written and wonderfully creative piece of work. It's the kind of movie Joe Dante (GREMLINS, Matinée) does best. He takes a situation we can all basically relate to, turns it upside down and shakes the hell out of it like a snow globe.

An unnecessarily heavy-handed ending is all that stands between THE 'BURBS and a 10-star rating. All of a sudden a fun little ride is derailed by an angry outburst and contrived syringe battle. If Dante had it to do over again, he surely would have come up with something more suitable (and humorous).

Of course THE 'BURBS is not for all tastes, but if you like the pre-PHILADELPHIA Hanks and are in the mood for something completely different, you won't want to mi


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