Neighbors

A couple nights ago, I remembered something from my early, early days of TV. Seriously, it was one of my earliest TV memories. Two couples were having dinner at night when one of the ladies says that one of the men had made inappropriate advances at her. We keep Retroist.com clean, so I won’t state it the way she did, but it was pretty funny, which is why I have remembered it all these years and why my normally clean-mouthed family would quote it from time to time during my childhood. I’m pretty sure that I had seen this movie on HBO, which meant that I hadn’t seen it at my house since we didn’t have HBO. I was also pretty sure that the rest of the movie featured a bunch of wacky things happening to this one guy who was accused of making the inappropriate advance. I wasn’t sure that was enough to go on to find the film. Turns out it was. The inappropriate advance was so distinctive that I found the film immediately. It was Neighbors from 1981.

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Neighbors is exactly what I remembered it being: a series of wacky events that happen to one pretty straight-laced guy over the course of one night and the next day. What I hadn’t remembered is that it stars Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd . Dan Aykroyd with blonde hair and blue eyes, which is really weird. It also has a very young and beautiful Cathy Moriarty. The movie is basically a collection of these wacky events, which are funny enough, I guess, but also somewhat disturbing. In fact, though it kind of has a happy ending, the movie was too disturbing for me to really enjoy. In fact, the only part I really thought was funny was when an old tow truck driver calls Belushi a bad name and punches him in the gut.

You might like it, though, so if you want to check it out, head on over to Crackle where you can catch it for free. But if you do watch it, please remember to keep your inappropriate advances to yourself.

Doug

Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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2 thoughts on “Neighbors

  1. Badwolf says:

    I have this on VHS, and I might have to break it out again. It was disturbing when I first saw it, coming off BLUES BROTHERS – seeing Dan and John as adversaries/ enemies/rivals/antagonists. Viewing it as an adult, I can see much more of the humor. It’s still kind of sick and twisted, but I understand it better.

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