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THE ‘BURBS (1989)

USA, 1989 (MIFF 2010, Dante's Inferno)

Director: Joe Dante

“A divine comedy full of corrosive humor… and a film that anticipates the Judd Apatow comedy brand, full of immature adults who fulfill (and enjoy) themselves through all forms of regressive behaviors.” - Cinema Fantastique

Pastel-coloured homes, immaculate lawns, the buzzing sounds of sprinklers in the air, the morning newspaper and a good cup of coffee - Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is looking forward to a one-week vacation in his picture-perfect suburban haven. But he finds his white-picket sanctuary disturbed when a strange new family moves into the street.

A satire on American xenophobia and the Spielbergian myth of suburban idyll, with shades of Hitchcock, The ‘Burbs was shot on Universal's Colonial Street during a writers' strike, making it probably the most ‘improvised' of Dante's films.

D Joe Dante P Larry Brezner, Michael Finnell, Dana Olsen S Dana Olsen WS Universal Pictures TD 35mm/1989

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GREMLINS (1984)

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It's a Good Life (1983)

“Something like an off-Broadway cartoon designed by Chuck Jones.” - Joe Dante ... Beware of seemingly sweet kids who ask you to drive them home and then invite you in to meet their family… ... More »

PIRANHA (1978)

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INNERSPACE (1987)

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