“The ‘Burbs”

BurbsposterTom Hanks is in this movie. That should be all the information you need as to whether or not this movie is worth your time. Want more convincing? I’d be glad to oblige. “The ‘Burbs” is a dark, slapstick comedy about Ray Peterson; a regular guy trying to enjoy his “staycation.” Unfortunately his nosy neighbors suck him into this wild theory of how his new neighbors are satanists or serial killers or at least a little demented. Sure they drive their trash to the curb and shove it into the garbage can with a garden hoe. Sure they dig ditches in the middle of the night. Sure they never go outside during the day. But, hey, they’re foreigners; they’re adjusting.

This movie boasts a wonderful ensemble of Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Rick Ducommun, Carrie Fisher, Courtney Gains, Henry Gibson, and Wendy Schaal that give a nice balance of hilarity and oddity. Originally released in 1989, I noticed the script moves a little slower than current comedies. But that’s okay.  Even though the age-old rule from the screenwriting gods state: “Don’t tell me, show me”, “The ‘Burbs” takes the time to have characters develop with dialogue instead of action. Truthfully, it’s refreshing.

It’s a cute little movie from a different time that you can stream on Netflix.


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