“The ‘Burbs” is a late-80’s horror comedy whose stars are a bit larger than its script. The story is simple and familiar: a new neighbor draws suspicion with unexplained nighttime activity and the rest of the neighborhood bands together to find some answers. The film is good for what it is but when you bless it with star power like Tom Hanks, Carrie Fisher, and Bruce Dern, the expectation grows too large. Add in Corey Feldman at the height of his career and this film goes from amusing comedy to must-see Hollywood blockbuster. Expectation aside, the film delivers some good laughs. Everything is over the top and the pairing of physical comedy with clever dialogue keeps the film moving. The Klopeks are well-written and the story has a perfect conclusion. “The ‘Burbs” is a quirky comedy with memorable characters and an amusing script, but its inability to rise to the level of its cast will likely leave you disappointed.
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