Neighbors was the John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd show, with the famous Saturday Night Live team swapping personas for this bizarre excursion into the outer reaches of manic comedy.
In his final film, Belushi played a suburbanite who, with his wife (played by Kathryn Walker) leads a staid, uneventful life. But all that changes with the arrival of Aykroyd and his spouse (Cathy Moriarty), their new neighbours.
A dyed-blonde Aykroyd makes a frontal attack on Belushi’s values, and in no time at all has taken over his car, his house, his bank account and even his family.
Aykroyd’s insane behaviour triggers off a like response from hitherto tranquil Belushi and the two neighbours are soon indulging in a series of ‘get even’ schemes, ending with Belushi’s total transformation from suburban bore to liberated madman.
Despite the riotous comedy, the movie was a box office disappointment, and failed to attract its potential audience, even after Belushi’s untimely death a few months after the film was released.
John G Avildsen