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The Boys Next Door (1985)

Maxwell Caulfield , Charlie Sheen , Penelope Spheeris  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen, Patti D'Arbanville, Christopher McDonald, Hank Garrett
  • Directors: Penelope Spheeris
  • Writers: Glen Morgan, James Wong
  • Producers: Don Levin, Joel Soisson, Keith Rubinstein, Mel Pearl, Michael S. Murphey
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059PP4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,219 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boys Next Door" on IMDb

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant, highly underappreciated film May 11, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This an exceptional, virtually unknown film written by Glen Morgan and James Wong (who have produced and written numerous X-Files episodes) and was directed by Penelope Spheeris with gritty realism. It's the story of two outcast high school graduates who decide to take a short vacation the weekend before they are to start work at a local factory. It is soon revealed that one of the young men is somewhat disturbed and fed up with the way life has treated him and decides to take revenge on the world. The results are insightful and frightening. What is so interesting about this film is that it is presented from two perspectives. The character of Roy, played wonderfully by Maxwell Caulfield, is driven over the edge to the point where he can not be saved, while Bo, Charlie Sheen in a surprisingly good performance, gets so swept up in Roy's chaos that he loses sight of the fact that the things they are doing are wrong. This is a very chilling and realistic portrayel of the isolation and confusion that young people face everyday and how being tormented often leads to violent response. Many films have dealt with this issue before, but very few have been as truthful and effective as Boys Next Door.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim stuff January 18, 2005
Before Penelope Spheeris's directed "Wayne's World," she made another film about a pair of young men. "The Boys Next Door," though, contains little of the offbeat humor that marked the Dana Carvey/Mike Meyers collaboration. You won't find subtle and not so subtle pop culture references punctuated with over the top antics in "The Boys Next Door." Nor will you hear a single reference to "party on." In a way, "The Boys Next Door" resembles Spheeris's other films, namely "The Decline of Western Civilization," in that it looks closely at the sort of young people we don't normally see on television or in the print media. In the case of "Decline," Spheeris examined the effects of punk rock music on select members of America's youth. In "Boys Next Door," it's how the loss of hope leads a select few youngsters to a life of murder and mayhem. The movie, interestingly enough, begins with an error. Pictures of notorious criminals David Berkowitz, Ken Bianchi, and Ed Kemper float by in order to set a context for what we are about to see. Regrettably for the film, Berkowitz, Kemper, and Bianchi were serial killers. The two boys we meet in the movie, Roy and Bo, are spree killers. There is a big difference between the two as anyone interested in true crime stories knows.

Roy Alston (Maxwell Caulfield) and Bo Richards (Charlie Sheen) are just two of your average, everyday kids getting ready to graduate from high school. They are also the loner type, two kids who paired up with each other after the other kids excluded them from the various social circles. Both Roy and Bo are instantly recognizable high school types, at least for those of us perceptive enough to notice those around us during those painful years of compulsory schooling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s suspense film! April 10, 2004
By A Customer
This is one of those movies that for some reason is often overlooked by many viewers. True, it is a low-budget film starring two actors( Charlie Sheen, and Maxwell Caulfield) who haven't done anything remarkable in a about a decade, but it kept me on the edge of my seat all the way to the thrilling conclusion. Its cool to see the intense and belligerent performance by given by Maxwell Caulfield. I read a review on Amazon where someone compared this film to the movie Falling Down, I couldn;t agree more. The whole movie moves through a of a series of scenes consisting of everyday situations and shows how a psychotic and over the edge teen reacts to them, its not good. Charlie Sheen plays his timid sidekick more deteremined to winning his psychotic friend's affection rather than speaking up for himself and saying what they are doing is wrong. All and all a great movie and highley entertaining.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic guy movie August 21, 2001
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One of Charlie Sheen's least known movies, but a must for true fans of the actor. If I had to compare this movie with any other movie, I think it would be Falling Down. If you liked Falling Down, you'd probably like this movie as well. Like Falling Down, it contains a character who has, in an almost sane kind of way, gone off the deep end. As you're watching it, you tend to start to see things from Bo's (Sheen) perspective as things slowly, but steadily, get out of control. The movie also has a lot of politically incorrect scenes like Falling Down. If you're sensitive to this sort of thing, you'll probably hate this movie. If you're a fairly young (under 40) beer-guzzling guy looking for a fun movie to watch with the rest of the guys or you're a stereotypical jock in college, you'll probably love this movie and find some classic lines to repeat for years. Most women, however, will probably hate this movie or think that it's stupid.
The movie starts with a funny scene that I won't spoil for you, but the basic plot of the movie is that the two main characters are about to graduate from high school in a town and are destined to work in the local factory like their fathers and grandfathers. They decide to spend a weekend in the city to enjoy their last few moments of freedom (from school and work) by putting on some of their nicer clothes (see cover photo), eat someplace nice (The Sizzler), have some fun, and maybe go a little crazy. Things start getting out of hand during an altercation with a middle-eastern gas station attendant (Sheen's character refers to him as a "camel jockey") and get much worse from there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by E. Spaletta
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boys Next Door
The Boys Next Door is so bad,that its good. There are so many funny scenes in the movie I gave up counting. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Len Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Decent Movie for the period
The director seemed to capture a feel, for a certain disenfranchised eighties demographic, and illustrated it's extreme rather well.

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Published on October 14, 2012 by arminius
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boys Next Door
I really enjoyed this movie as the acting and many other aspects of it seemed up to par. Have not seen any other movies with both of these actors together but I'm sure if their... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by Jimmy C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Product was received quickly, and was just as described! Will buy from them again. My husband has wanted this movie for forever, and I was thrilled to find it here for a low low... Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by pacey97
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the only movies that really connected with me
I remember watching this as an angry teen in the late 80's. Something about the tone just fit perfectly with how I was feeling. Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by L. Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly insightful and darkly prophetic!
Sometimes a film comes along, that will truly stick with you long after you've seen it. It will gnaw at your mind and make you look at life and people in a very different way,... Read more
Published on May 1, 2010 by J. Meeley
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Father, Like Son?
Earlier this year I watched "Badlands" for the first time. It starred Martin Sheen as a serial killer. Read more
Published on April 11, 2009 by Randy Keehn
3.0 out of 5 stars THE BOYS NEXT DOOR
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Published on December 12, 2003 by MICHAEL TAYLOR
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