Neighbors

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1981

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Director:
John G. Avildsen
Released:
1981
Rating:
R
Neighbors is the film adaptation of the book by Thomas Berger about Earl Keese (John Belushi), a mild-mannered average suburbanite who's peaceful, boring life changes when the annoying young couple Vic (Dan Aykroyd) and Ramona (Cathy Moriarty) move in next door. Earl leads a quiet life, with a wife, Enid, and a teenage daughter, Elaine, in their middle-class suburban home. When the new neighbors Vic and Ramona impose themselves on the Keeses, Earl can't handle it. Annoyed by his inability to handle the couple, and his lack of proof that they are doing anything wrong on purpose, Earl starts to quickly lose his cool. As the nigh progresses the fued between Earl and his new neighbors becomes suburban warfare, and Earl comes to a shocking realization about his own life.

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The first hour of Neighbors is probably more fun than the second, if only because the plot developments come as a series of surprises. After a while, the bizarre logic of the movie...

  • 40

    Time Out

    In fact, ruthlessly ironing out Berger's subtleties of tone in favour of a rumbustious Animal House collision between Belushi and Aykroyd, it becomes increasingly tiresome, with fe...

  • 38

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    In concert with composer Bill Conti and scriptwriter Larry Gelbart, Neighbors has become a hyper insult festival in which four people pointlessly humiliate each other in a variety ...

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