It would be easy to say that this is a fun, funny and entertaining film and leave it at that, but this is a film that had a great story, great director, great actors who knew how to play their parts in such a way that we felt that we were in on the adventure with them.
Characters questioning the sanity of each other while considering the possibilities of what is going on, as they find one household the focus point of the neighbourhood, to the point where the imaginations of all those involved going beyond that which it should, especially those who seems to have nothing better to do than stick their nose into other people’s business.
The curiosity of these people is so engrossing that we want to know what is happening, we see how the minds of the nosy neighbours are working and can’t help but wonder if they’re right… maybe even hoping that they are, therefore we want there to be something out of the ordinary in the neighbourhood. As we know very little about the new neighbours and we let our curiosity pull us in further. We watch one situation escalate into another and want to see how far those involved will go to find what they are looking for, theorising about who’s doing what and why.
This is a film wasn’t made with the idea of you watching once and forgetting about it, but actually making you feel as if you were watching something that was made by people who were interested in more than just being paid. All the pieces came together at the right time and therefore we have a film which I would class among the classics, not only of the 1980s, but in film history. This is certainly a gem which is something I’m sure will bring an audience back to watch and re-watch with a fondness for all that this film has to offer. From enjoyable character, to an entertaining situation and adventure set in a small part of a town.
This is a mystery which you can’t help but get involved with and laugh at the ridiculousness… maybe even wonder how far any of us would go when it comes to our own neighbours. There is a fantastic, underlying feeling of 1950s films, something which I have always enjoyed about this and Joe Dante created nicely without laying it on too thickly.