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The Good Neighbor (2016)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 13 March 2016 (USA)
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A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for.

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Officer Palmer
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Elise
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Sanjay
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Sean's Father
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A pair of mischievous high school kids create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor. While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Theaters that carried the film during its limited release include:

Vintage Los Feliz 3 (Los Angeles), Cinema Village 12th Street (New York City), Tower City 11 (Cleveland, OH), AMC Neshaminy 24 (Bensalem, PA), AMC Hoffman Center 22 (Alexandria, VA), AMC North Dekalb Mall 16 (Decatur, GA), AMC Loews Streets of Woodfield 20 (Schaumburg, IL), AMC Arbor Lakes 16 (Maple Grove, MN), AMC Studio 30 (Houston, TX), AMC The Parks at Arlington 18 (Arlington, TX), AMC Arizona Center 24 (Phoenix, AZ) and the AMC Westminster Promenade 24 (Westminster, CO). See more »

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Although the experiment began on 9/19, 9/23 is described as "Day Six." See more »

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Harold Grainey: [as barking dog runs to fallen trash can] Get out of here! Get out of here, you half-breed.
[dog growls]
Harold Grainey: Shut up!
[as owner catches up]
Harold Grainey: Get him out of here!
Neighbor: Hey, come on - what's the problem here, man?
Harold Grainey: What's the problem? Well, the problem is that your dog is pissing a mess on my property. Let him piss on your property, okay?
Neighbor: [to still-barking dog] Come on, easy, easy...
Harold Grainey: Maybe I should teach him a lesson. Keep that son of a bitch on a leash, okay? Because the next time, if it happens again, I'm ...
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References Reefer Madness (1936) See more »

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Ypsilon
Performed by Stereo Total
Written by Brezel Göring (as Ziegler) / Françoise Cactus (as Vanhove)
Courtesy of Flirt 99 Publishing
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Another misfiring live camera thriller
30 April 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

Suburban teenagers Ethan (Logan Miller) and Sean (Keir Gilchrist) are weary of their grouchy old neighbour Mr Grainey (James Caan) who lives across the street, and decide to invade his home and install devices everywhere, in order to spy on him and play a series of pranks. However, they have underestimated this old codger, and events build up to take a terrifying and shattering turn.

This latest The Blair Witch Project/Paranormal Activity inspired effort takes the formula in a perverse direction, and has some contrasting central characters in the shape of two young ones/one old one, and plugs the generational gap together in a fundamentally unsettling tale of early on-set psychosis and reclusive paranoia. Sadly, none of it really builds up to a very satisfying whole.

A forgotten actor in recent years, Caan has the same steely eyed, unnerving presence he had in his younger years, and precisely because of his age, he's able to apply it in a different, more unique way now. Miller and Gilchrist come off as little more than just your standard teenage brats. But it's not the performances that weigh this down, as much as the far fetched nature of the story and the lack of coherent storytelling that do, building up to an ending that, though unexpected and affecting, sadly doesn't lift it up any.

This is one neighbour you could comfortably avoid going to check up on. **


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