John G Avildsen (1981)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This swansong for the John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd partnership is a flawed but fascinating stab by the comedians at breaking away from their traditional knockabout slapstick. The two stars even swap their usual comic personae, with Belushi playing a geeky, mild-mannered suburbanite who is slowly being driven mad by his crazy neighbours (Aykroyd and Cathy Moriarty). Larry Gelbart - who won an Emmy in 1974 for his contribution to TV's MASH - was reportedly unhappy with the changes made to his script (based on Thomas Berger's novel) and the black comic bite of the source book is blunted. Director John G Avildsen shows little affinity for the material, but Aykroyd and especially Belushi are excellent and make it worth a look.


Comedy about a boring suburbanite and his staid wife, driven to the brink of insanity by the crazy family who move in next door. John Belushi stars in the last film he made before his death, with Dan Aykroyd, Cathy Moriarty and Kathryn Walker.

Cast & Crew

Earl Keese John Belushi
Vic Dan Aykroyd
Ramona Cathy Moriarty
Enid Keese Kathryn Walker
Chic Igors Gavon
Chic's wife Dru-Ann Chuckran
Pa Greavy Tim Kazurinsky
Perry Greavy Tino Insana
Director John G Avildsen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video