The Most Underrated Movie in the History of Film Is on Netflix
Netflix is now running the most underrated movie of all time. The Burbs is the funniest and most poignant movie of the 1980s.
The movie was panned by critics. On Feb. 17, 1989, Roger Ebert had this to say about it:
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 instead into a long shaggy dog story. It's about a group of nosy neighbors who grow concerned when a strange new family moves into their neighborhood and settles into a crumbling Gothic house that seems as out of place in the split-level suburbs as a tarantula on an angel food cake.
Of course his fat ass would equate the scary house with a cake. Did he ever live in the suburbs? There is always a house that is too big, too neglected, and just out of place in the 'burbs. That place is always considered the creepy house, the haunted house or the house with the weird people.
This movie has been a part of my life since I first saw it. I was 10 years old when this came out. I saw it then in 1989 and it's been a part of my life since. I watch it without fail every Halloween but that is not all. It's so much more than a movie to be consumed on Halloween. It's funny from start to finish. It is relatable to anyone who looked next door and could see their neighbor's home.
This is an American story, a story that now, more than ever is relatable. This movie asks that question, "what the hell are they doing over there?" And eventually answers that question by not answering it and saying.."not in my neighborhood."
Ebert was wrong, so many were. The Burbs is funny, smart and a must watch over and over.
Directed by Joe Dante, Starring Tom Hanks and Bruce Dern. Get your act together and watch this on Netflix now.