The 'burbs (1989)

1989 | USA | Joe Dante | ★★★★★

Joe Dante's The 'burbs is a consistently hilarious, hugely entertaining social satire, featuring a wealth of wonderful comic detail, great performances, unforgettable dialogue, and an ending that is simultaneously both utterly, breathtakingly brilliant and a  colossal cowardly cop-out.

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"Family man Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is looking forward to a week of putting his feet up at home in the quiet, leafy cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place. But his plans are scuppered by the arrival of new next-door neighbours, The Klopeks, whose behaviour and habits are more than just a little kooky. But things go from kooky to downright sinister when local old boy Walter disappears, leading Ray and his buddies to suspect their new neighbours of killing and eating him! Sure, the Klopeks are a strange bunch what with their digging up the backyard in the middle of the night but they re not devil-worshipping cannibal killers... are they?" Arrow Video


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