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Neighbors (1981)

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Belushi and wife, Walker, are suburbanites who live a comfortable if humdrum life. Their mundane existence is changed dramatically when Aykroyd and his wife, Moriarty, move in next door. While Walker finds the chaos they bring a refreshing change, Belushi is appalled by their behavior.

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  • Actors: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi
  • Directors: John G. Avildsen
  • Producers: David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005IX3C4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I truly love the late-John Belushi's work, seeing as his acting in "Animal House" and "The Blues Bros." were sensational, but "Neighbors" offers a different type of role for Belushi. The film has a bizarre usage of dialogue, lighting, costuming, and an exceptionally uncanny soundtrack, not to mention the twisted storyline and 110% intriguing plot. Belushi works so hard to play his serious-character and comes out looking like an pro in the end. The role was definetly for him! Aykroyd, this time, is the zany, manic "salesmen-type" personality, similar to his SNL sketches, to play Belushi's next-door neighbor. Totally humorous on the part of Aykroyd, the novelty of his character keeps the laughs going. Cathy Moriarty, from "Raging Bull" is sultry and sensual as Aykroyd's "wife.". Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. "Neighbors" is a dark, surreal jaunt as many of the fans make it out to be -- it's simply a fabulous disaster! Don't wait to watch something else -- watch "Neighbors" -- and pray a Ford Ranchero with a Red Baron biplane in back doesn't pull in to the vacant house next door!
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Wow, I thought I was the only person on the planet that loves this movie. I am pleasantly surprised to see so many reviews here (positive, no less). When I tell people this is my all-time favorite dark comedy, they have no idea what I'm talking about. "Neighbors...what's that?"

For those not in the know, here is the basic story: Earl (Belushi) lives on the end of this cul de sac which appears to be in the middle of nowhere. There are only two homes on the street. Earl lives in one and the other is vacant. There's a swamp in the yard (how cool is that?!) and there are these dangerous-looking power lines running through the back yard emitting bolts of electricity every few minutes.

The movie begins with Earl coming home with his wife from a hard day of work. He's this ultra-conservative guy with a boring evening routine. As he sits in front of his TV to watch the evening news (as his wife prepares dinner in the kitchen) he hears a car door slam shut. Minutes later, the door bell rings (ding, dong). Enter the new neighbors, Vick and Ramona. Get ready for a ride! The next 24 hours gets interesting. Little ol' Earl has his life turned totally upside down by these crazy, crazy new neighbors. I mean, these neighbors don't even sleep!

This is a must-see for anyone who loves dark or offbeat comedies. Watch this with an opened mind and enjoy the ride!

Edit 01/28/2009: I thought some of the fans of this film would be interested to know that the Universal HD channel aired Neighbors in all its HD glory just a few weeks ago. It was nice to see it for the first time in widescreen format as well as HD. Let's hope there's a Blu-Ray version around the corner!
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I first saw this movie when it came out in 1981.I laughted out loud watching Belushi playing the straight man.Just looking at his face was all I needed to crack up.Dan Aykroyd is always fantastic,but Cathy Moriarty really steals the movie.Everywhere John goes,in the shower,to bed,any part of the house,Cathy's there.I know this movie wasen't a big hit,and the reviews were terrible,but there's something about this film that's special.People hate this movie,or love it.I happen to love it,Its just ashame its Belushi's last film.
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I saw "Neighbors" on it's opening day during the holiday season of 1981. I loved it so much I went to see it a couple more times. For the most part the critics trashed the film though as I recall Siskel and Ebert liked it. Leonard Maltin's movie guide assigns the dreaded BOMB rating. Some thirty years on time has been kind to John Belushi's final film. Either that or the critics are mindless lemmings who wouldn't know a good movie if it bit them. This movie led me to Thomas Berger's source novel which was good too but the makers of the film take obvious liberties. Truth be told when they are true to the book "Neighbors" feels a little flat. It's in the improvisation of Belushi and Dan Aykroyd where the film takes off. It's interesting how they cast the lead characters. Belushi was better known as the anarchist and Aykroyd the straight man. It's an inspiring fluorish making Belushi the repressed suburbanite and Aykroyd the maniacal bohemian.
"Neighbors" is a terrific bit of dark comedy peppered with inspired verbal and physical wit. There are so many terrific bits but one particularly stands out. It involves Aykroyd's Vic inviting Belushi's Earl over for a cup of coffee. Vic presents him with a filthy cup and Earl's reaction is pricelessly classic. Also noteworthy is a terrific comic score by Bill Conti, one of my all time favorites. It should be heralded that "Neighbors" is finally available on DVD even if it's a vanilla one.
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The NTSC DVD release was a long wait for the fans of this film.

Neighbors is one of my all-time favorite dark comedies. It's John Belushi's last film and features a Dan Aykroyd that is absolutely nuts.

For those not in the know, here is the basic story: Earl (Belushi) lives on the end of this cul de sac which appears to be in the middle of nowhere. There are only two homes on the street. Earl lives in one and the other is vacant. There's a swamp in the yard (how cool is that?!) and there are these dangerous-looking power lines running through the back yard emitting bolts of electricity every few minutes.

The movie begins with Earl coming home with his wife from a hard day of work. He's this ultra-conservative guy with a boring evening routine. As he sits in front of his TV to watch the evening news (as his wife prepares dinner in the kitchen) he hears a car door slam shut. Minutes later, the door bell rings (ding, dong). Enter the new neighbors, Vick and Ramona. Get ready for a ride! The next 24 hours gets interesting. Little ol' Earl has his life turned totally upside down by these crazy, crazy new neighbors. I mean, these neighbors don't even sleep!

This is a must-see for anyone who loves dark or offbeat comedies. Watch this with an opened mind and enjoy the ride!
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