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Good Neighbors

For rent: 1 bed, 1 bath, 1 serial killer. Pets OK.

Rod Lott October 10th, 2011

While the box reads "Good Neighbors," the credits read "Good Neighbours." Regardless of spelling, the Canadian thriller from writer/director Jacob Tierney is intelligent, suspenseful and almost unpredictable.


Awkward, geeky Victor (Jay Baruchel, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") moves into a Montreal apartment builder and is eager to befriend the other young residents who aren't nearly as ecstatic: the cat-crazy, Chinese restaurant employee Louise (Emily Hampshire, "Earthsea") and the wheelchair-bound, smirking Spencer (Scott Speedman, "Barney's Version"). Maybe they're skittish because there's a serial rapist/killer on the loose in the area, and their building happens to be too close within the radius for comfort.

The trailer gives away one big twist in the story, but even with that spoiled, a bigger one awaits far more cunning that elevates "Good Neighbors" above your standard thriller territory. Tierney's full of surprises; one is Baruchel's casting. Initially, it seems like the gawky actor is miscast; in actuality, he's perfect for the role.

From start to finish and even through its end credits, "Good Neighbors" is a compelling story of bad things that happen to young people. There's a shade of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" in it, but Tierney has structured it on a solid foundation built upon his own crafty ideas. He's one to watch. —Rod Lott
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12.17.2011 at 03:02 Reply

I'm sorry, but "Rod Lott" is either out of his mind, or he's related to someone who was a part of this piece of crap movie. It's awful. And not even in the entertaining/laughing at it way. It's painfully bad. It takes a special kind of writer to make a movie where the entire cast of characters are boring, unlikable, predictable, and incredibly annoying. Dear god. To call this movie "compelling" is just insane. You know who the "serial killer" is within the first 10 minutes. And already by that time, you don't like anyone. You don't care if they all die. The acting was bad, and the direction was bad, but really...nothing could have saved this movie. The best actors and Hitchcock himself couldn't have turned the piece of crap this script was into anything more than a shinier piece of crap. I almost never voice my opinions about movies online, but seeing this raving review of this HORRIBLE movie pushed me into it. Stay away from this one, even if you get the opportunity to see it for free. It's that bad. It's an hour and a half (or two hours? or five? I don't know, it was that boring) that you'll never get back.


12.19.2011 at 01:21

Other than that mrs. Lincoln.