The 'Burbs (1989) Movie Review

The 'Burbs (1989)

1989 | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
101 minutes /

User Score: 44/100

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The 'Burbs Review


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.

The Burbs (1989) is an American black comedy mystery movie that was entertaining throughout with its crude humor. Director Joe Dante (Gremlins (1984), Small Soldiers (1998), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Innerspace (1987)) did a remarkable job bringing us this great comedy. The Burbs is about noisy neighbors that are very concerned about their new neighbors and their strange behavior. The movie shows in a funny way what neighbors will do to prove that they are right about other neighbors and how far they can go, ex: blowing up someones’ house.

Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks - The Da Vinci Code (2006), Forrest Gump (1994), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Green Mile (1999)) resides on a quiet cul-de-sac in suburb Hinkley Hills. Ray has a new neighbor and is curious to find out more details about the Klopeks. Ray, neighbors Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun - Groundhog Day (1993), Die Hard (1988), Scary Movie (2000)) and veteran Lt. Mark Rumsfield spies on the Klopeks. The three neighbors witnessed Hans Klopek (Courtney Gains - Back to the Future (1985), Faster (2010), Can’t Buy Me Love (1987), Sweet Home Alabama (2002)) removing a heavy large garbage bag from his trunk. Hans repeatedly slammed the garbage lid to close the garbage bin. Ray has many thoughts about his new neighbors after seeing them digging with pickaxes in their backyard while it is storming.

Ray, Art, Mark’s wife Bonnie and Ricky Butler thinks that the Klopek’s are involved in Walter’s disappearance after they visit Walter’s house. Walter’s (Gale Gordon - Here’s Lucy (1968), Our Miss Brooks (1952), The Lucy Show (1962), Dennis the Menace (1959)) house appeared as though he was involved in a struggle. After a few more events. Ray’s wife Carol (Carrie Fisher - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), When Harry Met Sally… (1989)) grew tired of her husband and his friends spying on the Klopek’s. Carol told Ray for him and his friends to introduce themselves to the Klopeks with the hope of being invited to their home to gain a little bit more knowledge about them. Ray, Art, and Mark are determined to find out what the Klopek’s did to Walter after discovering Walter’s toupe in the Klopek’s basement.

The Burbs is filled with humor and friends doing the unthinkable to solve a mystery. I love the ending and found it funny to see the twist and the twist after that twist. I wondered after the movie finished as to why did the Klopek’s bring officers to their home when they are concerned and believed that Ray saw something in their basement that he is not supposed to. The conclusion of the Klopek’s and Walter was assumed by me but the three guys constant clues made me second guess myself. I laughed a few times while writing this review as I recall all of the mishaps and allegations. The Burbs is a movie that every household should see and keep for entertaining guest. You never know the true identity of your neighbors, and if you are suspicious of their behaviors, then it may be better to act on it. The actors did a phenomenal job with their roles, and I would love to see more comedy movies like this.

About The 'Burbs (1989)

Title: The 'Burbs
Original Title: Life in the Burbs
AKA: The 'Burbs
Year: 1989
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Comedy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.2/5 stars from 18 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 18
Starring: Dick Miller, Corey Feldman, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Nicky Katt, Archie Hahn, Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Kramer, Rick Ducommun, Darla, Kevin Gage, Carrie Fisher, Courtney Gains, Billy Stevenson, Henry Gibson, Heather Haase, Phyllis Katz, Patrika Darbo, Billy Jayne, Gigi Vorgan, Leigh French, Lynne Marie Stewart, Tom Hanks, Franklyn Ajaye, Dana Olsen, Brenda Benner, Moosie Drier, Tracy Newman, Arnold F. Turner, Carey Scott
Writers: Dana Olsen
Director: Joe Dante

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