The 'Burbs

Released 1989


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Joe Dante

The 'Burbs is a classic movie that grabs your attention and keeps you chuckling. Its cast includes stars in their younger days such as Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman. When a new family moves into the neighborhood, Ray (Tom Hanks) is immediately suspicious. Trying to convince his wife and fellow neighbors that something fishy is happening is not as easy as it may seem. Neighbors and pets start mysteriously disappearing, so Ray decides to act. After watching his new neighbors, the Klopeks, at night, dumping strange garbage bags and digging even stranger holes in their backyard, he convinces the other neighbors that they should go over and meet the Klopeks in person. The Klopeks aren't your average neighbors, which is quite obvious after serving their guests sardines and pretzels! Accidentally finding a missing neighbor's toupee and mail in the Klopek's home sets off a series of exciting events you won't want to miss.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    Though The burbs is hardly an actor's film, Hanks continues to demonstrate the ease and maturity that has been his since Big, while Dern, Ducommun and Feldman lend broad but effect...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The 'Burbs tries to position itself somewhere between Beetlejuice and The Twilight Zone, but it lacks the dementia of the first and the wicked intelligence of the second and turns ...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    For a while, director Joe Dante spins some daft gags off the situation, and Hanks and Fisher deliver their droller lines with a deadpan sincerity that produces genuine unease. But ...

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Ray Peterson

Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

Lt. Mark Rumsfield

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Dr. Werner Klopek

Corey Feldman

Corey Feldman

Ricky Butler

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher

Carol Peterson

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outcasts, paranoia, dysfuntional families, Cult, characters with double lives