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3.3
597 Ratings

The 'burbs

Directed by Joe Dante
United States, 1989
Comedy, Horror

Synopsis

An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.

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The 'burbs Directed by Joe Dante

Critics reviews

Dante’s screw-loose take onRear Window finds the director, as ever, emulating the spring-coiled anarchy of a Road Runner cartoon while he affectionately skewers American conformity. Few other directors are as resourceful in putting familiar tropes to unexpected uses, or as committed to the art of the throwaway gag.
August 10, 2016
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By building all three seemingly contradictory attitudes into this movie, Dante and screenwriter Dana Olsen aren’t abdicating their moral responsibility. It might be more accurate to say that they’re honoring the pluralistic and democratic possibilities of their story, and doing so in such a way that the viewer doesn’t have to adopt any one of these three attitudes exclusively.
February 24, 1989
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