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An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.

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Storyline

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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Comedy | Horror | Mystery

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17 February 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Life in the Burbs  »

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$36,602,000 (USA)
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Trivia

This is the only Universal film to include the Universal logo at the end of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the Klopec's house explodes, the manner in which it explodes reveals that it is only a shell, a facade, barely holding together just to make the explosion look more dramatic. See more »

Quotes

Mark Rumsfield: Hey... Pinocchio! Where are you going?
Hans Klopek: [runs away and slips on dog poop]
Mark Rumsfield: [runs, slips and falls on poop too; then grabs him] Don't you make a move sonny. I was eighteen months in the bush and I could snap your neck in a heartbeat.
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Crazy Credits

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 The Cinema Snob: Saturday the 14th (2013) See more »

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MACHINE
Written by Alex Mitchell, Ricky Beck Mahler & Gary Sunshine
Performed by Circus Of Power
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Interesting, amusing and loads of fun, but it's just missing something
4 August 2000 | by (The Underverse) – See all my reviews

Although this movie is imaginative and fun it fails to take full advantage of the 'zany' set-up it creates so well. I feel as if there are a lot of scenes cut out and the movie was cut down to size in the editing room.

Tom Hanks and his pals get carried away with the idea that their neighbors (The Klopeks) are psychos and they take their suspicions to morbid extremes by spying, nosing around and harassing them. I enjoyed this movie as a kid but it's a bit annoying now.

We never REALLY find out what exactly it is the Klopeks do or who they are. All we know is that they don't mow their front lawn and that's it. Bruce Dern has a lively role as an old Army Vet, Rick Ducommun is Hanks' scrounger pal, Corey Feldman is a stereotyped 'Bill and Ted' stoned teen and Dick Miller makes his obligatory appearance in a Joe Dante movie.

The strongest feature of the movie is Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful score which is full of atmosphere and brilliant themes. Why can't more comedy movies have scores as lively as this?

Dante's signature is all over this movie. It's just a shame they decided to cut it down due to running time (if that is the case). I know of the alternate ending in which Hanks is killed. I think that would have saved the movie. Anyway, it's well worth checking out.


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