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A LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.

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In California, the Caucasian Chris Mattson and his African-American wife Lisa Mattson move to a house in a gated community. The racist and dysfunctional next-door neighbor is the abusive LAPD Officer Abel Turner who feels uncomfortable with the relationship of the newcomers and transforms their lives into Hell on Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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What could be safer than living next to a cop?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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19 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,004,672 (USA) (19 September 2008)

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£428,299 (UK) (12 December 2008)
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One of the few PG-13 rated movies that was allowed to use the word "fuck" multiple times (twice within 20 seconds, neither in a sexual reference) and keep its PG-13 rating. See more »

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When Abel responds to the domestic disturbance, he responds to a radio call with "10-4". The LAPD does not use "10" codes; he would've said "Roger." See more »

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Abel Turner: I am the police! You *have* to do what I say!
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No, No, No Part 2
Written by Mary Brown, Robert Fusari, Calvin Gaines, Vincent Herbert, Barry White
Performed by Destiny's Child (featuring Wyclef Jean)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Contains a sample of "Strange Games & Things"
Performed by Barry White
Sample courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Outstanding addition to the psycho-thriller genre
30 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A very well made psycho-thriller that stands at the top of a sub-genre kick-started by Adrian Lyne's FATAL ATTRACTION in 1987. LAKEVIEW TERRACE features Samuel L. Jackson in riveting form as the main antagonist, a character who's not only the neighbour-from-hell but a cop-from-hell too (imagine this guy on the beat with Ray Liotta's character from UNLAWFUL ENTRY!). LAKEVIEW TERRACE sidesteps cliché throughout – arguably until the climax, anyway – and delivers plenty of suspense and thrills in its story of a racist-with-a-twist – this time it's Jackson who's the racist, a guy who hates whites.

Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington are somewhat bland modern actors, but the quality of the scripts drives them to give fairly good turns here. The film belongs to Jackson in the end, though, and he keeps us watching through thick and thin. Realism is often swept aside in these types of production (I'm thinking of you, PACIFIC HEIGHTS) but not so here. Neil LaBute has made some awful films (in fact his one before this was the dire Nicolas Cage remake THE WICKER MAN) but Lakeview Terrace is an unexpected delight – a high-calibre piece of professional filmmaking that never disappoints.


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